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Our events are a key part of our fundraising program, as well as a platform with which to share our success stories, engage with each other, and have a good time.


SafeWalk is The Center for Empowerment and Education’s (CEE) premier event to unite the community in our vision to create safer communities free from interpersonal violence for all individuals in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties, as well as raise funds to support our mission. Every year, thousands of people across Connecticut gather together in small and large groups to walk, or run a 4k together in support of our mission. SafeWalk is a virtual event occurring the last weekend of September that launches Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to walk, run and fundraise from the comfort of their own home/communities. Choose a time anytime that weekend that works with your schedule, hop on a treadmill, walk around your neighborhood, or meet up with a group of friends at a large public space and move for a cause.

SafeWalk Chair, Kathy Graham of Ridgefield, expressed her gratitude about SafeWalk “It is very rewarding to see communities recognize the value of The Center's work and come together to support SafeWalk. SafeWalk has two primary goals. One is to raise funds to support the programs that The Center can offer for free to its clients. The second, equally important goal, is to raise awareness of The Center’s programs and services so that people know help is available if needed. Thank you everyone for making this such a successful event.”

The funds raised at this event help to support the no-cost and confidential services offered by CEE to victims experiencing domestic or sexual violence. You can get involved by becoming an event sponsor, signing up to walk with us and start a fundraising page. Stay tuned to this page for more information about hosting a team and raising funds. The weekend of September 29-October 1, 2023.

Annual Breakfast

The Hearts of Hope Annual Breakfast allows friends of The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) to unite and honor the work done each year to meet our mission and is held every March. This is one of our three major fundraisers annually to raise critical funds to support our no-cost and confidential services. During our Hearts of Hope, supporters enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking Candlewood Lake and hear a powerful message from survivors. Save the date for Wednesday, March 6, 2024 with a SNOW DATE of March 7.

Annual Dinner

Every spring, The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) gathers for cocktails and dinner to honor and celebrate community members that are closely connected to advancing CEE’s mission. The Annual Dinner is our largest fundraiser to ensure we have the resources to provide crisis navigation services, ongoing supportive services, and prevention education and training services. Each year CEE has to fundraise 50% of our annual revenue to provide each vital service at no cost. The Annual Dinner helps make that possible.
Save the Date for Friday, June 14, 2024, where we will honor THINKSISU with our Honorary Charis, Lori & John Berisford, and Auctioneer, Tom Stebbins.

Special thank you to our generous event sponsors:

Premier Sponsors
Beautiful News Christian Books and Gifts
Danielle & Scott Edwardson
Fairfield County Bank
Suzanne Gralnick
Hawley Construction Corp.
Prolifogy Software and Consulting
Savings Bank of Danbury
seventy2architects LLC
Eileen & Jay Walker

Benefactor Sponsors
Cotton Candy Fabrics
La Pietra Tile & Stone
Mulvaney Mechanical Inc.
Newtown Savings Bank
Reynolds + Rowella Accounting and Consulting
Allison & Jon Stockel
Union Savings Bank

Patron Sponsors
At Home Design
Candlewood Valley Pediatrics
Dr. Paul and Susan Birke Fiedler
Nuvance Health
Alexa & Gary Skalandunas
Friend Sponsors
Betty J. Callahan
Helen Curtin, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Eggan Law, PLLC (Eric & Jean Eggan)
Susan Gessner & Charles Robbin
J&J Construction & Basement Systems, LLC
Chris Louth & Dan Daugherty
Larry Morgan & State Senator Julie Kushner
Town of Brookfield
TR Paul
Carol & Rich Vazzana
Dr. & Mrs. Edward A. Zane

Congratulations to our Honorees
The Center for Empowerment & Education’s 2022 Founders Award Recipients with Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chairs Courtney Elliott and Vicki Taylor-Bloch (L to R) Charles Van Zanten, Hawley Construction, Antonio Iadarola, City of Danbury, Maura Newell Juan, seventy2architects, and Mark Boughton, Commissioner

Congratulations to Elaine & Kevin Cox
Elaine & Kevin Cox were celebrated for co-chairing the highly successful Speaking Up, Speaking Out Enrichment Campaign. Pictured L to R: Kevin Cox, Elaine Cox, Pat Zachman and Glori Norwitt. Thank you to our 2022 Annual Dinner Committee for All Your Hard Work

Cocktail Sponsor
General Electric

Presenting Sponsors
Elaine & Kevin Cox
Courtney & Bob Elliott
Mitchells Stores
The Norwitt Family

Our ‘A Spark for Change’ Annual Dinner event was held on June 16, 2023 at the Amber Room Colonnade. 

Where we Help

CEE is available to help anyone, though we focus on the following towns and zip codes.

Success Story

In the deep cold of winter, Beth’s partner, provider, and her abuser, purposefully did not pay the energy bill. How would Beth keep herself and her three children warm without heat?

How to give to CEE

Support our Work to End the Violence

It is thanks to the support of people like you that The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) is able to provide free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life challenges.


Be a part of the solution!

The support provided by our dedicated volunteers enables The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) to reach an average of 30,000 people each year.

The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) is staffed with skilled and experienced professionals to assist those in immediate need, provide ongoing support, and conduct prevention education.