I wasn’t familiar with Prevail until I was introduced to the group by a friend. Then, once I heard one woman’s story about being a victim of assault, I knew I had to help. Her story was so moving; it inspired me to get involved.

Once I became president of the Prevail Board of Directors, I was surprised to learn that a huge gap exists between the time victims leave the hospital or the police station to the time they go to court. There’s really no one to guide them through the process or offer support.

That’s where Prevail steps in. Not only do they provide practical resources, but they also have outreach and education programs with children and teens on how to avoid becoming a victim. One program I’m especially proud of being a part of at Prevail is the Barrier Buster Fund. Victims of abuse often come to the Prevail office, needing money for gas or a bus ticket in order to get away from their abuser. In the past, employees did what they could, but now we have a dedicated fund, including gift cards for fuel and groceries, to help walk-ins.

As past president, I still try to help as often as I can. And I’ve drawn other friends and coworkers into the fold. In fact, when I heard that Prevail needed a strong human resources leader on their board, I invited Steve Kotz, senior vice president of HR at ADESA, to join.

Once you get involved, you never want to let go of it. It’s an amazing organization.

Paul and his family at the Italian Fest charity dinner; all proceeds benefited Prevail.

Paul and his wife were joined by ADESA employees and their spouses at Prevail’s 25th Anniversary charity gala. From left to right: Doug and Heather Shore, Velma and Dennis Jones, Paul and Margaret Lips, Jane and Jason Ferreri. Photo courtesy of Simple Heart Photography.