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Vital Link

The 2005 Vital Link Awards Ceremony was held on November 1, 2005 at the NASDAQ Center in New York City.

2005 Awards:

Vital Link Award: Target
Vital Link Leadership for Change Award: The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, United States Senator
Vital Link Voices for Change Award: Mariska Hargitay, actress, NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,”
Media for Change Award: Lifetime Television

I’m honored to be selected as a Vital Link award recipient,” Senator Biden said. “Across the country, millions of women take the first step to escape family violence by calling the Hotline. The Connections Campaign ensures that no woman gets a busy signal and that no victim’s life is ever put on hold.”

We know that by working with the Hotline, we are helping directly to save lives,” said Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President, Lifetime Television. “We are honored to be a part of the vital links that the Hotline brings together to help thousands of women each year escape domestic violence.”

Target is proud to partner with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to help strengthen families and prevent violence and abuse,” said Laysha Ward, Vice President, Community Relations, Target. “We are honored to be recognized with the Vital Link Award."

Sheryl Cates leads the closing bell ceremonies at NASDAQ, leading up to the 2005 Vital Link Awards

The 2004 Vital Link Awards Ceremony was held on May 12, 2004 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.


2004 Awards:
Vital Link Award: Altria Group, Inc.
Media for Change Award: Bill Guttentag, NBC's Crime & Punishment series Creator and Executive Producer
Voices for Change Award: Michael Bolton

NDVH recognized Altria Group, Inc., the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International, for donating over $1 million to the Hotline. Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag, creator and executive producer of the NBC series Crime & Punishment, was
recognized for raising awareness by featuring the hotline number as a resource to victims nationwide, and Grammy Award winning vocalist Michael Bolton was
honored for his advocacy work to end abuse.

The 2004 award ceremony also launched the first-ever NDVH Advisory Board.

The National Advisory Board will be a voice and presence for the Hotline through public and private outreach, ensuring that every victim of abuse is provided a vital link to help," said Sheryl Cates, NDVH Executive Director.

The board consists of eight prominent opinion and business leaders who are committed to ending abuse. Board Chair, Dede Bartlett, is a leading authority on domestic
violence and its effects on the workplace.