Losing someone you love is difficult and when you add violence to the loss it makes it even more heart wrenching. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence honors our angels by shining a light on their memory and their story. It is our honor to memorialize our angels because they are a big part in why we are driven to create the largest impact possible. It is our angels who also remind us to break our silence.
Since the inception of BTS, we have closely worked and have supported dozens of families whom have lost loved ones to domestic violence to honor their angels in special ways.
In 2015, we launched the Michel Rose Advocate of Change Award to honor domestic violence advocates for their continued efforts to raise awareness and to serve those affected by abuse. Michel Rose, a 22-year old bright, beautiful, and kind young woman was murdered on December 10, 2010 a few feet away from her doorstep by her estranged boyfriend. Michel had a passion for helping others and was a pure gift to be around. BTS has recognized four survivors who have embodied giving back to others and sharing their love just like our dear Michel.
Michel Rose Advocate of Change Recipients:
2015: Alyssa Robinson & Angelique Barajas
2016: Christine Mackinday & Beverly Gooden
In 2015, BTS also joined hands with two families in Texas to offer academic scholarships for students affected by domestic violence. Jennifer Krieger and her teenage daughter Kelsie were killed in May of 2013. To remember these two precious ladies, we offer an annual scholarship limited to Texas High School Seniors through the Kelsie’s Light Scholarship.
Kelsie’s Light Scholarship Reciepient:
The Gough family opened their arms to Break the Silence against Domestic Violence after their beloved Alexandra was taken because of domestic violence. We strongly believe in honoring our angels and through Alexandra’s Scholarship of Hope we are able to support an undergraduate student further their education in the State of Texas. Alexandra was killed July 4, 2014. She is survived by her two children and parents.
2016 Recipient: Josephine Lewis
Brandi “Pico” Kubos life tragically ended at the young age of 22 in a small town called LaGrange, Texas. Brandi was the party after the party, she was full of life, laughter, and loved making others laugh out loud. She has a beautiful spirit and is deeply missed by many. Her family wants to continue sharing Brandi with many, so they’ve created the Brandi’s Legacy scholarship to honor one undergraduate student pursing their educational dreams.
2016 Recipient: Lauren McNeal
22 year old Sacha Marino was killed June 18, 2002 by her estranged ex-boyfriend. Sacha’s Mom (Lisa) has a growing desire to share her daughter’s story with the world, including the piece on Sacha’s desire to go into the medical field. In 2016, BTS launched a fourth scholarship, Sacha’s Love Scholarship which awards one undergraduate student each Fall Semester.
2016 Recipient: Courtney McMullen
On March 21, 2016, BTS debuted another special recognition for individuals or organizations who have gone above and beyond their call of duty to support our organization. The Ashleigh’s Heart Award came to life after Ashleigh Lindsey’s Mom (Tara Woodlee) launched an annual social media campaign to inspire people to “Share Ashleigh’s Heart” through random acts of kindness. This inspired us transform this day (which was once remembered as the first day where Ashleigh was abused by her boyfriend) into a magical and special one. Ashleigh’s kind spirit lives on through this monthly recognition we give to our special donor warriors. Learn more about Ashleigh and the special award here.
Ashleigh’s Heart Award Recipients:
Break the Silence against Domestic Violence firmly believes it is ever important to shine a spotlight on our Angel’s because we want them to be remembered forever and they are a huge reason why stand against such violence. Also, as advocates against domestic violence it is our duty to raise awareness and give victims/survivors the essential tools they need to reach long term success.