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First Parish Needham UU

Invest in peace this Mother's Day!  Donate to support the important work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute AND First Parish's intrepid team of walkers this Mother's Day.  Consider joining the team Sunday morning, May 12!  Bring friends and family too - it's inspiring, joyful, great exercise, and supports such an important cause.  Choose the DONATE button to support their work and cheer on our Team or the REGISTER button to walk (and donate).

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a center for healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities in Boston impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.  The institute was founded in 1994 by Tina Chery after her 16-year-old son, Louis D. Brown, was killed in random gun violence in Boston.  For more info about the Institute's unique, visionary work, read more below or check out

ABOUT 2019 Mother's Day Walk for Peace

Every year in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate people directly impacted by that loss. It is safe to say each year there are at least 150,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to a traumatic death such as murder. This is not including extended family members, classmates/colleagues, teachers/students, entire communities. Nor does this number include families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. Together we can heal and have an impact. 


Rise Up! Walk with us.  The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-three years later, the Mother’s Day Walk continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our partners in peacemaking. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. We hope you will help us raise our goal of $400,000 so we can continue to work to tip the scale toward justice for families and communities that are stigmatized by murder. 


All walkers must register. Registration cost this year is $10 per walker, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration fees go to help us reach our goal of $400,000 to sustain our programs and services.

Name Date Amount Comments
Laurel Davis 06/13/2019 $1,000.00  
First Parish in Needham UU 06/12/2019 $402.00  
Janet Klein 05/21/2019 $25.00  
Rebecca Malakoff 05/13/2019 $60.00  
Catie Scudera 05/13/2019 $50.00 Thank you for all of your work toward peace and healing in Greater Boston!
Will Rico 05/12/2019 $25.00  
Eva Jansiewicz 05/12/2019 $25.00  
Robert Cutler 05/12/2019 $50.00 Thanks Deb Niles and Ginny Cutler!
Tracy Zinner 05/11/2019 $50.00  
Eleanor Rosellini 05/11/2019 $50.00 In honor of our friend's beloved girlfriend, Deane, a psychologist who was shot and killed at a counseling clinic in Chelmsford in 1981.
Lisa Bond 05/10/2019 $160.00 In further memory and honor of Mike Sullivan
Kitty Reynolds 05/10/2019 $25.00  
Sally Fritsche 05/08/2019 $10.00  
Clark Taylor 05/08/2019 $50.00  
Elinor Brady 05/07/2019 $10.00  
Becky Siebens 05/07/2019 $85.00  
Elinor Brady 05/07/2019 $40.00  
Sherry Zitter 05/07/2019 $25.00 thank you for ALL the work you do, every day!
Deborah Niles 05/05/2019 $10.00  
Carolyn Lynes 05/02/2019 $10.00  
Carolyn Lynes 05/02/2019 $10.00  
Marianne McGowan 04/30/2019 $10.00  
Marianne McGowan 04/30/2019 $50.00  
Lisa Bond 04/29/2019 $.00  
Clark Taylor 04/29/2019 $.00  
Clark Taylor 04/25/2019 $50.00  
Susan McGarvey 04/24/2019 $60.00  
Molly Kerrigan 04/23/2019 $100.00  
Lisa Bond 04/23/2019 $100.00 In honor of the non-violence he believed in, and in sorrow for the life he might have had, and the contributions he would have made, if he hadn’t died at 28.
Susannah Quinlan 04/11/2019 $10.00  
Leslie Nelken 04/11/2019 $10.00  
Becky Siebens 04/11/2019 $200.00 In memory of my mom, who scoffed at the Hallmarkization of Mother’s Day, but knew THIS work is the real deal.
Leslie Nelken 04/11/2019 $150.00  
Susannah Quinlan 04/11/2019 $50.00  
  Total $2,962.00  
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