DTS CEO Organizes Newtown Memorial Service for Hundreds
Wallingford, CT - December, 2012 - For Immediate Release -
As tragedy unfolded, the world stood still. The Newtown tragedy created a vacuum of desolation and tears for the victims, their families and the Sandy Hook community. For DTS CEO Christine Mansfield, the magnitude of such horrors inspired action. "I needed to do something, anything," explained Mansfield. "On Friday afternoon, I called our Pastor, and then the Mayor to ask if anything would be planned to memorialize the innocent. Hearing no, I started calling every church and synagogue in town." More than 800 residents, 10 ministers and dignitaries from Town Council and the Board of Education would attend.
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By Sunday night, the details fell into place. Mansfield organized ten places of worship and secured promotions on every TV and cable access station, as well as the local newspapers like Record Journal and New Haven Register. Social media alerts and web site links quickly emerged. Christine generated a brochure and created marketing pieces to submit in every channel. "The Spirit worked through me to make this happen at such a gnawing time of pain", commented Christine.
Scheduled for 50 hours later on Monday, December 18th, the Memorial was set. In between the 6 p.m. start, Christine spoke at a friend's emotional funeral, held an emergency board meeting for Holy Trinity School and then rallied to speak to Channel 3 News team, who had assembled early at the Church. "This was going to be a special night!" At 5 p.m. crowds began to assemble. By the start, the Church audience swelled beyond 800 and overflowed downstairs, wired thankfully by WPAA for close captioned access. The Most Holy Trinity Church choir performed beautiful hymns as each minister read sermons and passages of scripture. The most touching moment exemplified the victims' memories as schoolchildren carried a lit candle for each. "The outpouring from Wallingford brought me to tears," commented a joyful Mansfield.