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Lauren Astley’s Parents Remember Daughter’s ‘Unique Spirit’ 5 Years After Her Murder

LDA on CBSCBS Boston 7/3/16: Lauren Astley’s Parents Remember Daughter’s ‘Unique Spirit’ 5 Years After Her Murder. Lauren Astley’s parents held back tears as they pinned up five coral-colored bows on the fence in front of First Parish Church in Wayland. Coral was Lauren’s favorite color, and her parents tied the bows to the fence as a way to honor her on the five-year anniversary of her death.

Seniors watch “Escalation” film

Wayland Student Press Network 6/12/16: Seniors watch “Escalation” film. The graduating WHS class of 2016 viewed the film “Escalation,” produced by the One Love Foundation, on May 31 as part of senior week. The movie was shown in conjunction with the Lauren Dunne Astley Foundation Fund and the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) club at WHS.
According to 2016 graduate Nour Sayeh, a member of MVP, the movie portrays a college couple and the escalation of their relationship as time goes on.

Benefit Held In Memory Of Murder Victim Lauren Astley

CBS News Benefit Held In Memory Of Murder Victim Lauren Astley.

Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund Announces Mini-Grant Recipients

The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of its third annual mini-grant program to fund dynamic projects promoting the three arenas of its mission: Effective Teen Relationships & Violence Prevention, the Arts, and Community Service.

In Lauren’s spirit and memory, small grants have recently been awarded to individuals and groups with dynamic project ideas in the above areas.

A total of 10 project proposals were awarded mini-grants:

  • Production of the 10th anniversary of Opera del West, the opera in residence at the Center for Arts in Natick
  • The Akaa Project’s creative arts programming and upcycled library furniture construction for its small village school in rural Ghana, an area previously lacking access to education
  • Collaboration with Jane Doe, Inc. and others supporting the traveling exhibit “Displays of Character:  Men Reimagining Manhood” toward ending gender-based violence
  • Girls’ LEAP Summer Mentor Program in Dorchester focused on leadership training and effective relationships
  • In support of the creation of intergenerational connections through the Golden Tones’ collaboration with area high school chorus singers
  • Development of a teacher’s guide and curriculum materials on teen dating violence prevention using a comic book format to reach teenagers
  • Support of Wayland High School Innovation Realization Lab, the new makerspace where students in a class pursue creative functional art projects
  • Sponsorship of a student-initiated, professionally-produced album by all three A Capella groups at Wayland High School
  • Funding for two college students from Wayland to produce a documentary film about a Bolivian wildlife refuge and its environmental and social impacts
  • Support for The Second Step’s residential and community-based programs:  a ground-breaking initiative to provide adolescent men and women impacted by domestic violence with tools to change the direction of their lives

New lecture program honors memory of rising Elon student

Elon University: New lecture program honors memory of rising Elon student. A nonprofit organization named for an Elon University freshman killed in 2011 just weeks before starting college is funding a new lecture series to teach young people about healthy relationships and the prevention of domestic violence.

A gift from the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, which was founded by Malcolm L. Astley and Mary K. Dunne, supports the inaugural events of the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture Series.

LDAMF Escalation Event

On October 21, The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund presented a private premiere
a powerful, emotionally engaging 40-minute film that educates young people about violence and empowers them to work for change.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Showcase SuperLux

55 Boylston Street * Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
cocktail attire * hors d’oeuvres and drinks * space is limited
join us…join the movement
honoring Sharon Love
founder of the One Love Foundation

Honoring Lauren Astley’s memory at Wayland site

Wayland Town Crier 10/2/15: Honoring Lauren Astley’s memory at Wayland site. Some 30 volunteers came together to honor Lauren Astley’s memory by working at Wayland’s Habitat for Humanity site on Saturday. Construction had begun in January 2014, and with two duplex houses being built for four families, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Slain Wayland teen’s parents applaud anti-violence program funded by Patriots

Wayland Town Crier 9/15/15: Slain Wayland teen’s parents applaud anti-violence program funded by Patriots. The parents of slain Wayland teenager Lauren Astley joined the state attorney general and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Tuesday to announce a new initiative that will educate high school students about dating violence. Dubbed “Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” the program aims to stop domestic violence and sexual assault by reaching out to young people and helping the adults in their lives spot warning signs of unhealthy relationships.

Patriots give $500K to fight teen dating violence

WCVB 9/15/15: Patriots give $500K to fight teen dating violence. Attorney General Maura Healey announced a new partnership called “Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” which takes a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention education.

The program, funded with $500,000 from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and $150,000 from the Attorney General’s office, will provide training for students, faculty and coaches at 90 public high schools in Massachusetts.

Honoring an Outstanding Wayland High School Senior

At Fine Arts Awards Night on June 5, the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Award was presented by Mary Dunne. The annual award is:

“Given to an outstanding arts student who exemplifies musicianship and kindness, is cutting-edge progressive and appreciates a good laugh.
Lauren was a wonderfully unique, young woman, who saw the art in fashion,
Loved the camaraderie of singing with her fellow Muses,
And enjoyed playing the French horn in a multi-generational ensemble.
She did all of those things while wearing fabulous high-heeled shoes and a contagious smile.”

The award was presented to Gene Barton, an outstanding student who was a director in the T-Tones; was accepted to All-State and plans to study music in college. He plays the trumpet and has been a member of the Wayland High School Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Choir & T-Tones.