Womanspace announced, last week, the 22nd Annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award (BBS Award) honoree is Tamron Hall, co-host of the third hour of NBC News TODAY and Anchor of MSNBC’S NewsNation, for her efforts in shining a light on domestic violence.
Each year, Womanspace honors a person of distinction who exemplifies the qualities of the event’s namesake, Barbara Boggs Sigmund. On May 19, 2016, Hall will be honored at the Westin Hotel in Princeton for advocating passionately, both on and off air, for greater awareness of domestic violence. As part of TODAY’s “Shine a Light” series, a campaign to support worthy causes, Hall has raised more than $41,000 to help end domestic abuse. Hall is an award winning journalist who was inspired by her personal tragedy to help others.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund, was the mayor of Princeton and the first woman freeholder in Mercer County. She was the driving force in founding Womanspace in 1977. Barbara’s leadership and her crusade against domestic violence have made a life-saving difference to the thousands of survivors served by Womanspace over the years. The Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award proudly represents that can do spirit, and honoring Tamron Hall is a true representation of that spirit. Hall addresses the issue of domestic violence with compassion, courage and a commitment to helping other women and girls recognize abusive relationships. She also reminds us that domestic violence casts a wide net, impacting not only the intended victims, but also their sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, children, friends and entire communities. Hall is firm that, “love doesn’t have to hurt,” and she is working diligently on ending the prevalence of victim blaming which is over shadowing from the real issue at hand; which is putting an end to the violence.
Information on how to purchase a ticket, sponsorships, advertising and all questions about BBS will be posted on their website www.womanspace.org very soon. For information about last year’s event, see this link and the MercerMe article Womanspace Honors Human Rights Activist, Minh Dang. Support of this event ensures that much needed services are provided to women, children and men who suffer from interpersonal violence.
The mission of Womanspace is to prevent abuse, protect families and change lives through empowerment and a safety net of supportive services. Over 11,000 adults and children were served by Womanspace in 2014.