Helping the Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference to Soar

As we all are aware, politicians like to refer to our present state of affairs nationally as “an economic downturn.”  However, those of us in the northeast know better… It can more accurately be described as “flat lined” or “nearly brain dead” (through no fault of consumers.  We in the northeast have the reputation of being so highly taxed, unfriendly to small business and heaping with layers upon layers of government, that… the average Joe/Joanne doesn’t know when we will ever see the dawning of a new day!

Given these conditions, we see fallout, and cutbacks galore – to important organizations we care about up and down the food chain.  One such organization near and dear to out hearts in Connecticut is the Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference against Violence.

After 15 years of excellent service as a one of a kind conference serving to educate service providers and other victims of violent crime, the hammers of the federal and state government have struck. 

This year, a DOJ grant providing scholarships for attendance and speaker travel expenses could not provide sufficient funding based on a technicality of the calendar….   In addition, food costs for the two day conference will no longer be furnished by the Feds.  Others expenses picked up by state agencies can no longer do so due to funding cuts.

Therefore, my good friends and neighbors, Ladyjustice is asking that you see the value in this wonderful organization and Wanda and Sam’s efforts to carry out the legacy of their daughter, Melanie (a victim of intimate partner violence).   Please donate as much as you can…and be sure to register for the upcoming 2012 Conference.  All donations are tax deductible, Donations may be sent to:

The Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Foundation     

P.O. Box 368  

Watertown, CT 06795

Please refer to their website for future conference details at:

And now… to recap some of the highlights of the 2011 conference from Ladyjustice’s perspective, see my former blog at:                                                       






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