ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – Members of a new Rockford program join forces to address a widespread issue in the community. The ‘100 Men Who Give a Damn’ has set a future goal to end a daily concern.
“The concept is so simple. There’s 100 men who get together, collectively, and commit to four events annually, and commit to giving $100 each event and that equals over $10,000 per event,” said ‘100 Men Who Give a Dam founding member, Rob Young.
The organization’s goal is to raise money for the City of Rockford’s Family Peace Center.
“‘100 Men Who Give a Damn’ is an idea borrowed from other communities that have built their own family peace centers, that have proven that model works,” said Young.
“The need is startling,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “The impact, and negative impact in particular, that domestic violence has on the community is pretty startling.”
According McNamara, during the first half of 2019, 40% of violent crime in the city was domestic violence related. He says even that doesn’t fully explain the effects of domestic violence.
“We see domestic violence and the tertiary impacts of domestic violence throughout our community every single day,” said Mayor McNamara. “The vast majority of our youth committing violent crime grew up in households that domestic violence was prevalent, or were direct victims of domestic violence themselves.”
The first event for ‘100 Men Who Give a Damn’ Rockford will be a golf outing at Mauh Nah Tee See Country Club. Despite the name of the group, everyone is welcome to attend.
“This won’t just be all men playing, and we encourage every single person in our community, who wants to play, to come on out, and play, and enjoy themselves, and do it for a purpose, and a great cause,” said Mayor McNamara.
The golf outing takes place September 9th.
The group’s annual fundraiser goal is $40,000.