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Break the Silence – An Evening of Drama, Poetry, Dance and Music Exploring Dating Violence

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30pm
Jonas Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road, Lexington, MA

Free and open to the public – reserve seats online here

Lexington’s Munroe Saturday Nights, in collaboration with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Waltham-based REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is creating an evening of original artistic performance focusing on relationship violence. The program uses drama, music, poetry, and dance to shine a light on how relationships become violent, how victims and observers can recognize the signs, and how concerned friends and family can intervene in the cycle that leads to violence.

The program’s primary audiences are middle school, high school, and college age students in the greater Boston area, as well as their parents, teachers, and friends. After the performance program, the audience will be invited to engage in conversation guided by experts, educators, and counselors in the field. Silence – and the ignorance it breeds – makes young women and men more vulnerable to relationship violence.

Program development has been informed by individuals with first-hand experience with relationship violence and the efforts to prevent and overcome it. Lauren Dunne Astley was a self-possessed young woman of energy, hope, and caring who had a passion for the arts. This special evening of performance will use the arts Lauren loved to help others avoid her own tragic experience.

Photos from Candlelight Vigil, July 3, 2012

Wayland Patch 7/5/12: Photo Gallery from Candlelight Vigil.

Remembering Lauren: Candlelight Vigil

A candlelight vigil will be held at First Parish Wayland on July 3rd at 7pm to mark the year anniversary of her murder.  Community, friends and family will come together for reflection and sharing.  Gatherers are invited to share brief readings and/or memories.    Light refreshments will be served afterward in the vestry.  For those interested, a discussion group on teen violence and healthy relationships will be led by Laura Van Sandt of REACH, will be offered.

Lauren Dunne Astley Mosaic

Dedication Ceremony:

 

News Coverage:

Wayland Town Crier 6/17/12: Honoring the memory of Lauren Astley in Wayland. It was a day to remember Lauren Astley and how she lived, not how she died. Yesterday, Wayland High School dedicated a mosaic that featured a rising sun over a blue ocean to Astley, who was murdered last year. “I think today is to say out loud, ‘Lauren, we miss you and we won’t forget you,’ ” said Astley’s mother, Mary Dunne, to the more than 200 gathered for the unveiling. “It’s beautiful and bold, just like Lauren.”

Wayland Patch 6/16/12: VIDEO: Community Gathers for Unveiling of Astley Mosaic. A project that began just a few months ago became a permanent fixture at Wayland High School Saturday afternoon as about 200 people gathered to unveil a glass mosaic created in memory of Lauren Dunne Astley. A group of about a dozen current and former WHS students worked primarily with teacher David Schmirer and artist Josh Winer, a 1974 graduate of WHS, to conceptualize and create the mosaic that now hangs in the courtyard at WHS.

Wayland Patch 6/13/12: Friends, Classmates Create Mosaic in Memory of Lauren Astley. It has been nearly a year since Lauren Dunne Astley was killed just weeks after graduating from Wayland High School. In that year, there has been much healing and much activity around town to memorialize Astley’s young, but influential life. But there hasn’t really been anything done at the high school where she spent four years with her closest friends and where so many students still there have fond memories of her.

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The Keep on Sparkling event is now closed for online sales.  There may be a few tickets left at Russell's or Donelan's.  As of 9:30am on Friday morning, there were 5 tickets available at Russell's and 2 at Donelan's.  If you would like to donate to the Lauren Astley Memorial Fund, please click here.

Join the Wayland Community in Celebrating the Life of Lauren Dunne Astley

 

On Saturday, November 26th from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, there will be a celebration of life fashion show and silent auction (click here for list of auction items, and here for a list of raffle items)  to celebrate the life of Lauren Dunne Astley.  The title of the event is “Keep on Sparkling:  Moving Forward in the Spirit of Lauren Dunne Astley”.  All proceeds will go directly to the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund her parents set up in her honor.  The Fund’s mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts, and community service.  Tickets are on sale via the button below.  An event brochure is available online here.

Online ticket sales have sold out.  

If you purchased tickets online, your name is on a will-call list which will be held at the door.  No paper tickets will be mailed.

All whose hearts were touched by this tragedy are welcome to attend. Lauren was a self-possessed young woman of energy, hope, and caring, who lived her life with laughter and to the fullest.  Lauren Dunne Astley, 18, died on Monday, July 4, 2011, in Wayland, MA.

The goal of the event is to celebrate the life of Lauren and all she accomplished in her short 18 years.  Lauren's parents are focused on how each of us can work together to change our communities so that tragedies like this are avoided in the future; that the environment our children go to school in will be a safer, less violent and more accepting one.  This fund will support educational opportunities through the schools in our community to try to teach children early about healthy teen relationships, signs of troubled behavior, and self esteem.  Lauren was also a gifted musician, so the fund will also support others in their pursuit of the arts.  Lauren was very considerate of others and consistently gave of her time and resources to help those less fortunate.  She went to help victims of Katrina on three separate occasions.  The fund will support those who wish to follow Lauren's footsteps in supporting others inside and outside of our community.    

Jonathan Elias is hosting the event.  He anchors WBZ-TV news at 5pm and 5:30pm and he reports for WBZ-TV news at 11pm. Since joining the team in 2007, Elias has won eight Emmy awards including Best Anchor and Best Reporter three times. 

 

The fashion show will be hosted by Ford super model Brent Zachery.  He has had a long career in the fashion industry and has been featured in ForbesLife, Town and Country and Brooks Brothers.  Brent has also stared in several TV commercials and TV shows over the years. 

AER (with 2011 Wayland alumni Carter Schultz and David von Mering) will be performing at the event.  AER's EP "What You Need"  is ranked #44 on iTunes Top 100 Sales.

The hope is that the entire community will join in some way in remembering and celebrating Lauren and all she represented in our community.   

*As we are part of a very generous community, a final goal is that we come together to raise money to support the foundation Lauren’s parents have started.  There are many ways to support this event and the foundation.  You could attend the event, give money directly on the web site, or offer a donation for the silent auction.  Some ideas for items which would be appreciated are professional sports tickets, weekly or weekend summer or ski homes or services of significant value.  All items are tax deductible and will either be part of the silent auction or a raffle prize at the event.  If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Crista Oppenheim at 617-256-9006 or via email at cristalynopps@gmail.com.