But Barbara would be really thrilled too. She might not have known baseball but she knew about caring, effective people since she was one herself. And Joe Torre certainly fills both of those bills. When Barbara worked with the other founding mothers to create Womanspace she knew that women and their children needed a place to be safe. Joe Torre learned that the hard way, growing up in a life filled with fear. And he and his wife now work tirelessly to try to keep other children from having that same awful experience. By establishing safe spots in schools, called Margaret’s Place and named for his abused mother, Joe is giving kids the opportunity to meet with professional counselors trained in domestic abuse issues. There kids not only find safe haven, they also learn, as Joe says, that the way you treat people is the way you want to be treated, no matter what bad example has been set for you.
The name of the Torres’ foundation—Safe at Home—reflects the wish we all have for every person, especially every child. But until that wish becomes a reality we have to keep those children and their mothers safe somewhere else and then give them the wherewithal to reshape their lives. That’s what Womanspace does. And that’s why it’s so important that Joe Torre is here tonight to support this essential institution. Congratulations Joe Torre on the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award. And thank you.”
Cokie Roberts (Cokie Roberts is the sister of the late Barbara Boggs Sigmund, and is the Honorary Chair of the Womanspace 2014 Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award on April 30th at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.)
About Womanspace, the BBS Award and the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation:
The mission of Womanspace is to Prevent Abuse, Protect Families and Change Lives through empowerment and a safety net of supportive services. 11,169 adults and children were served by Womanspace in 2013.
Each year, Womanspace honors a person of distinction who exemplifies the qualities of the event’s namesake, Barbara Boggs Sigmund. On April 30, 2014, Torre will be honored at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Princeton for his philanthropic work on behalf of domestic violence victims. Torre is the Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which he and his wife, Ali, launched in 2002. The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation’s mission is to develop educational programs that will end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. In 2010, Torre was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
Womanspace is grateful to Janssen Pharmaceutical Research & Development LLC for their generosity and leadership as the 2014 BBS Award presenting sponsor. Additional event sponsors include Bloomberg, Major League Baseball, New Jersey Manufacturers, Novo Nordisk, and Wells Fargo. An exciting silent auction comprised with a variety of travel, dining, pampering, baseball game tickets and sports memorabilia –including certified authentic autographed items by Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, Eli Manning and Jeremy Maclin, to name a few –will keep guests bidding! All event proceeds will support Womanspace in their mission to provide services for individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual abuse.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund, Mayor of Princeton Borough and the first woman Freeholder in Mercer County, was the driving force in founding Womanspace in 1977. She came from a distinguished political family – the daughter of the late Congressman Hale Boggs, and Congresswoman and Ambassador Lindy Boggs, and the sister of journalist Cokie Roberts, who was our first BBS Award honoree and a consistent supporter of our mission and wise adviser to our agency. Roberts will serve as Honorary Chair for this year’s event.
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. She was an inspiration with her "can do" attitude. The Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award proudly represents that spirit, and honoring Joe Torre is a true representation of that spirit. Since its inception, the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation has educated thousands of students, parents, teachers and school faculty about the devastating effects of domestic violence. Currently reaching children in nine schools and two community centers in New York and New Jersey, Margaret’s Place, a tribute to Joe’s mother, Margaret, provides middle and high school students with a “safe room,” in which they can talk to each other and to a professional counselor trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention about violence-related issues.
Over 400 guests are registered to attend this year’s event which promises to entertain and enlighten participants about the Womanspace domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs and safety net of services for Survivors and their families, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation and the esteemed BBS Award Honoree – Baseball Hall of Famer, Joe Torre.
A limited number of seats are available, ticket sales close on Wednesday, April 23. For immediate information about Womanspace and the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award event on April 30, 2014 from 6 to 9:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, please visit www.womanspace.org or call Womanspace at 609-394-0136 during business hours.