Vera House White Ribbon Campaign

Vera House White Ribbon Campaign

President David Smith is the 2011 White Ribbon Campaign Honorary Chair.


From March 25 through April 3, thousands of Central New Yorkers will be wearing a white ribbon or white wristband to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Wearing a white ribbon or wristband means you will not condone, support or commit domestic or sexual violence.

President David Smith is the 2011 Vera House White Ribbon Campaign Honorary Chair.

The White Ribbon Campaign is led by men and encourages all members of the community - men and women, young and old - to join them in their efforts. This male leadership helps to acknowledge the important contributions men have made to this effort and invites others to take a role. All proceeds raised are dedicated to Vera House education and awareness programs and services.

Upstate employees will be selling white ribbons and wristbands at various locations (see below). 

See details below for Lunch and Learn presentation and Campaign Kick-off: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®.


March 25 through April 3

How to Participate

1) Purchase a white ribbon pin, and wear it as your personal statement to never support, commit, or remain silent about abuse.

$1 donation - White Ribbon
$1 donation - White Wristband debossed with a ribbon and the message "No excuse for abuse"
$5 donation - Metal Lapel Pin in the Shape of a White Ribbon

Matching gift! Donation total will be matched by the President's office (up to $500).

Additional donations welcome! Send to Nancy Prott, Office of the President, 1158 WSK(checks payable to Vera House).

Funds raised support Vera House education & awareness programs and services.

White ribbons may be purchased from the following:

Name Location
Tree Carter Campus Activities Building, rm 302E
Linda Curry Silverman Hall, rm 1104
Nancy Prott Weiskotten Hall, rm 1158
Escola Echols Weiskotten Hall, main info desk
Sharon Franceschi Widewaters, Suite 250
Lisa Procanick Widewaters, Suite 250
Linda DeStefano UHCC, 5th floor
Taisa Jenkins UHCC, 2nd floor
Jeanniene Baldwin University Hospital, rm 1507
Megan Greenman University Hospital, E6653
Kathleen Dermady CPOB, 3rd floor
Sue Trovato Hill Building, Suite 205
Zanette Howe 250 Harrison St., 4th floor
D’Lorah Robbins Joslin Diabetes Center
Lynn Horowitch Joslin Diabetes Center
Sara Lee Ritchie Jacobsen Hall, rm 510
Aaron Stupple, MSIII          
David Roofeh, MSIII    

2) Join us at the Campaign Kick-off: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

March 25 at noon in Clinton Square

Join us for a short walk from Clinton Square to Armory Square, where we will tie white ribbons around trees and lamposts to mark the start of the campaign. While not required, men are invited to walk in women's shoes.

3) Lunch & Learn Presentation: "Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault 101"

March 29, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in the University Hospital small cafeteria

Learn the basic dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, including myths and realities, indicators, and barriers to safety. Presented by Vera House community education staff.

Please bring your lunch with you.

Sponsored by Upstate University Hospital Social Work Department.

For more information, contact Zanette Howe at 464-4263, or

750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Main Campus Phone:
315 464-5540

Public Safety:
315 464-4000

Upstate Connect:
315 464-8668