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BARCC Board President Beth Molnar Receives Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

Robert Kraft, Beth Molnar holding football, and Andre Tippett, in front of Patriots backdrop.
L to R: Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, BARCC Board President Beth Molnar, and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett. Photo courtesy of Eric J. Adler/New England Patriots.

The New England Patriots Foundation Honors Her Leadership and Committed Service to Survivors

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Board of Directors President Beth Molnar was recently honored for her remarkable service and dedication to BARCC and survivors of sexual violence. At a luncheon at Gillette Stadium in June, Beth received a Myra Kraft Community MVP Award from the Kraft family and the New England Patriots, recognizing her as one of 26 outstanding New England volunteers. The New England Patriots Foundation describes the awardees as those who “exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.”

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft shared in the foundation press release: “I look forward to this program every year as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate community volunteers for their selfless acts of volunteerism. We admire their commitment to serving others and through this program, we are excited to provide financial support to 26 different nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in their local communities. We thank this year’s winners for their incredible dedication.” As part of the award, the foundation awarded BARCC a generous $10,000 grant in Beth’s honor.

Beth has been a vital part of BARCC for more than 20 years, first as a volunteer medical advocate supporting survivors in area hospitals and then as a member of the board of directors since 2005. She has served as board president for the past four years, and has successfully led BARCC through unprecedented growth.

Beth told the New England Patriots Foundation: "I sought out volunteer work with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in 1998 as a combination of my passion to help others who experienced trauma and as a part of my own healing. As a medical advocate volunteer, BARCC offered me the opportunity to help others in their most critical time of need, when all their power had been taken away by somebody else.”

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shared: "Beth has been an integral BARCC volunteer for two decades and has left her mark both in our direct service work and in organizational leadership. . . . Thanks to Beth’s dedicated volunteer leadership, BARCC has expanded and deepened critical programs to serve survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones in Greater Boston.” When Beth first began volunteering, BARCC served 20 survivors a year in our Medical Advocacy program. Thanks to Beth’s leadership, that program alone served more than 500 survivors in 2017, and BARCC as a whole provides critical support to thousands more survivors and their families each year.

BARCC nominated Beth for the award, and she was chosen out of more than 400 applications. Beth shared with the foundation: “I am regularly amazed and so proud of the initiatives that BARCC staff and leadership come up with to push the mission of ending sexual violence through healing and social change. My 20-year affiliation as a volunteer with BARCC is a part of my identity and fulfills me in so many ways. It is an extraordinary honor to be nominated by BARCC and to be selected as a 2018 Myra Kraft Community MVP, celebrating the tradition of volunteerism of Myra Kraft and the Patriots organization."

To find out more about the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, the generosity of the Kraft family and New England Patriots Foundation, and this year’s winners, please visit patriots.com/community.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s marketing and communications manager, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels.Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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