Fraternities4Family Campaign in North Carolina Gets Off to Successful Start

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Campaign organizers report that several successful efforts have been made to increase awareness about domestic violence and raise funds for local resource centers.

Raleigh family law firm sponsors North Carolina campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence

N.C. State fraternity members turned out to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence at the Durham Crisis Response Center Charity Golf Classic on April 27.

In my daily work, I have seen the harms wrought by domestic violence and wanted to find a way to reduce the number of victims. I believe that men are essential to ending this type of violence. That is why I decided to work with fraternities.

Raleigh family law attorney Charles R. Ullman said today that the inaugural Fraternities4Family campaign is off to an impressive start.

Ullman’s law firm, Charles R. Ullman & Associates, has sponsored the statewide initiative. The campaign has called on fraternities across North Carolina to join an effort to increase awareness about the problem of domestic violence and to raise funds for domestic violence resource centers in their communities.

“In my daily work, I have seen the harms wrought by domestic violence and wanted to find a way to reduce the number of victims,” Ullman said. “I believe that men are essential to ending this type of violence. That is why I decided to work with fraternities.”

Among the many noteworthy accomplishments in the campaign’s early stages are:

  • N.C. State’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the school’s entire Greek community made the Fraternities4Family campaign the focus of its Greek Week. The group gathered $25,000 in donated goods for victims served by the Durham Crisis Response Center.

Also, on April 27, Ullman joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members in taking part in the Center’s annual charity golf tournament, donating an additional $1,000.

“The monumental efforts and contributions from N.C. State Greek life will help us support victims. We are so grateful,” said Tammy Donald, spokesperson for the Durham Crisis Response Center.

  • Duke University’s Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities garnered donations from students on campus and hosting a fundraiser on April 24 at Devine’s Grill & Sports in Durham. The event drew a large crowd of Duke students and Durham residents.

"Community service and charitable events are a large part of our business. So when I read a news article about Phi Delta participating in Fraternities4Family and saw some brothers here at Devine’s, we started talking about how we could help,” said Gene Devine, the owner of Devine’s and a Duke alum and Phi Delta Theta member.

Along with the student donations, the Duke fraternity raised nearly $700. The funds will benefit Families Living Violence Free, a domestic violence agency that provides support to victims in the Oxford area.

Thomas Bagley, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity president, said he was glad to take part in the Fraternities4Family campaign.

“We want to make a difference in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. So, to provide help for victims, we think this fundraiser seemed like a great opportunity," Bagley said

The fraternity members are training to prepare themselves to speak to local middle school students about healthy relationships and domestic abuse.

Pi Kappa Phi members also took part in the Elon “Take Back the Night” march and attended the “Speak Out” event that followed it.

Stewart said they were deeply moved as they heard survivors talk about having been physically and sexually abused.

"Our brothers consider this campaign a chance to shift the spotlight onto an issue that is commonly overlooked but reaches far enough to affect all," Stewart said.

Ullman said that he looks forward to more success stories as the Fraternities4Family campaign continues.

“The mantra of the campaign is, ‘One man can make a difference,’” Ullman said. “I believe all of those involved feel that they have done just that.”

About Charles R. Ullman & Associates

Charles R. Ullman & Associates, located on 109 S. Bloodworth St. in Raleigh, N.C., concentrates on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, post-separation support, equitable distribution, alienation of affections and criminal conversation.

For more information about the law firm and the Fraternities4Family campaign, contact the firm by calling (919) 829-1006 or using its online contact form.

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