New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2007
Makers of Memories (MOM), a new charity started by Manhattan businessman Brian Martin, will host its first annual fundraiser on October 24 at 6pm at Nicole’s Restaurant, 10 E. 60th Street, New York City. Over 150 people are expected to attend and Trisha Meili, known to many New Yorkers as the Central Park Jogger and known around the country as a survivor, bestselling author and inspirational speaker, will be honored by the organization for her courage.
MOM was conceived by Brian Martin, CEO & Founder of Brand Connections, an INC 500 company, with assistance from fellow New York businessman David Rich (ICC/Decision Services) and bestselling author David Bach (Automatic Millionaire, Smart Women Finish Rich). Together, they launched Makers of Memories, a nonprofit organization that will provide battered women and their children with the empowerment, inspiration and pride they so desperately need. MOM partners with travel organizations to send these women and their children on family vacations — to “make memories” that will serve as valuable building blocks for getting their lives and families back on track.
With assistance from corporate sponsors Fed Ex and Carnival Cruise Lines, the MOM fundraiser will feature cocktails, a silent auction, and an award presentation to Meili. It will also feature a short film about MOM’s inaugural trip, which was held this past August 17-20 on the Carnival Cruise ship Fascination. The trip was offered to women representing shelters across the tri-state area (Strengthen Our Sisters, Wanaque, NJ; Prudence Crandell, New Britain, CT; Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY) and included a total of 20 mothers and 50 children, all of whom are victims of domestic abuse.
As one mother said during the trip: “I never dreamt something like this could happen to me. A few weeks ago I was facing poverty and homelessness and having my kids taken away from me as a result of that and now here I am with them. My kids and I have never been anywhere together and to see them here, this happy, is an incredible gift.”
One memory can change a life forever. For more details about Makers of Memories visit http://www.makersofmemories.org .