All proceeds from the event go to the office’s Victim Emergency Fund. The fund is a vital resource to crime victims, helping them with unforeseen expenses such as fixing broken windows, paying for moving trucks, or even bill assistance following a robbery.
The Victim Emergency Fund has assisted 857 victims in Baltimore City during some of their most vulnerable times, spending more than $86,000. Currently, in order to receive monetary assistance through the Victim Emergency Fund, victims must meet a set of predetermined criteria in order to qualify for assistance from the fund.
“No one truly realizes the critical importance of these funds until they need them,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We want to be in a position to help every one of our victims when the need arises. Maintaining a financial reserve large enough to assist all qualified victims requires year-round fundraising.”
In addition to raising funds for this much-needed resource, the Winter Solstice event provides the office an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of community members, law enforcement officials, and government leaders.
The 2016 Winter Solstice community awardees are as follows:
- Shield Award – Major Sheree Briscoe, Baltimore Police Department
- Purpose in Spirit Award – Overseer Norman Eaton, Greater Hope Worship Center
- State Legislator Leadership Award – Senator James Brochin
- Local Legislator Leadership Award – Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young
- Gloria Hertzfelt Unsung Hero Award – Daphne Alston, Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters
A special portion of the program is also dedicated to recognizing the outstanding work of prosecutors and support staff. Last year, Baltimore native, philanthropist and actress Jada Pinkett Smith donated $10,000, helping the office raise a total of $31,350 for the fund.
“The contribution from Jada Pinkett Smith played a huge role in us being able to raise a substantial amount of money for victims and witnesses,” said Assistant State’s Attorney and Deputy Director of Community Engagement, Noelle Newman, who organizes this annual event. “Victims and witnesses of crime play an important role in helping fight crime in our city. This is an opportunity to make sure we have the funds to help those who help us.”
Doors open at the Radisson Hotel Inner Harbor at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.stattorney.org.
“Last year’s event was a great time for a good cause,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We look forward to building on our past success and growing an annual tradition that promotes public safety, recognizes pillars of our community, honors our dedicated prosecutors and support staff, and raises funds to support victims of crime. We hope you will join us.”