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“Jazz for Change” Event to Raise Awareness about Violence Against Women

Posted 11/18/2012
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford's School of Communication’s "Public Relations Cases" course group is hosting a jazz performance, “Jazz for Change”, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Konover Great Room at the University of Hartford campus to raise awareness for ending domestic violence against women.

Covert Jazz, a Connecticut-based jazz ensemble will perform a number of tunes, from great classics to today’s hits. The band is led by Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, director of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center. Like Lapidus, other members of Covert Jazz are professionals from various fields and they focus their passion for jazz through playing performances in the Greater Hartford area. “This event will highlight the movement to end violence against women, which is a critically important public health issue in our country,” said Lapidus.

“We originally started with the jazz band and then saw that a performance to raise awareness about this important struggle for women would be the perfect fit for a student project,” said Bill Seymour, adjunct professor for the class.

There is a suggested donation of two dollars, with all proceeds being donated to Interval House in Hartford. Come out and enjoy great music, delicious food and the chance to win great prizes all for a great cause.

Since 1977, Interval House has made a positive difference in the lives of nearly 150,000 women and children who experienced psychological and physical abuse at the hand of a domestic or intimate partner. Standing with abused women and children in their struggle for safety and justice, Interval House provides a safe place to live as well as concrete information and education to understand and deal with their individual situations. Women and children are given guidance and tools to utilize other community resources, and empower themselves.

Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of nearly 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit