About

We pledge to bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity.

There are countless children waging quiet battles against bullying. Many believe that they are alone. Unify Against Bullying wants these children to know they are far from alone. They are supported by a loving, caring community of fellow students, teachers, parents, brothers, sisters, business leaders and others.

When we stand together, we stand as one.

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Our Mission

To bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity. We intend to accomplish this goal through providing grants to those who are in the best position to make a difference; children, parents, teachers and administrators. These are the unsung heroes who are on the front-lines of bullying each and every day. Through providing them with funding and resources, we can show the children of the world; the days of ignoring bullying are over. Instead, we are in a new era where we celebrate our differences and come together as one community. That is why in the Unify movement we say; when we stand together, we stand as one.

Bullying impacts everyone:
Bullying affects children of every shape, size, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability. Everyone has dealt with bullying at one level or another. Unify Against Bullying's powerful and consistent presence in the community and in our schools, brings all of us together to speak out against bullying with one voice.

Founders


In January of 2015, the Zemba family began looking for an anti-bullying charity. They wanted to donate all of the proceeds from their annual fashion show which was dedicated to celebrating the uniqueness of each and every child. Although they found a number of small efforts, none seemed to fit what they were looking for. They wanted an organization which incorporated children into the conceptualizing and running of its anti-bullying programs. This was due to their experience that children seemed to respond better to peers rather than well-intentioned adults. Additionally, they were committed to ensuring that funds raised would stay within the same communities which raised them. Eventually, the Zembas turned to fellow parents, business leaders and students to ask for help. Before long, Unify Against Bullying was born.


“The message of embracing diversity and speaking out against bullying resonates with people of every age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability. We've all dealt with bullying one way or another; personally, as a parent, a friend, classmate, or even bystander. It’s part of life and our hope is to let the children who are being bullied know that they aren't alone. On the contrary, we stand with them. That’s why those of us in the Unify movement like to say; when we stand together, we stand as one.”

Unify Against Bullying Founder Edward Zemba
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Edward Zemba

President,
Robert Charles Photography

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Susanna Zemba

Chief Experience Officer,
Robert Charles Photography

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Robert Zemba

Co-Owner,
Robert Charles Photography

Board Members


2016 Student Board

Student Board

The Kids of Unify are our Inspiration!

Unify Against Bullying started with a small group of kids that have been at the very heart of Unify ever since. Our Student Board understands that when they sit down to share their thoughts, they do so on behalf of every child who has ever been touched by bullying.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting and dynamic group of young leaders!


Sponsorship Committee

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Michelle Doyle - Chair

Director of Sales,
Sparta Systems

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Werner Maiwald

Financial Consultant,
Renaissance Advisory Services

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Tammy Bordeaux

Branch Manager,
PeoplesBank East Longmeadow

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Edward Zemba

President,
Robert Charles Photography

Marketing Committee

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Bill Cole - Chair

Owner/Lead Designer,
Tiger Web Designs

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Nick Ashe

Marketing Virtuoso,
Marx Entertainment

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Maureen Sullivan

President & CCO,
Maureen Sullivan Media Group

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Edward Zemba

President,
Robert Charles Photography

Event/Fashion Show Committee

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Susanna Zemba - Chair

Chief Experience Officer,
Robert Charles Photography

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Mark Ashe - Co-Chair

President,
Marx Entertainment

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Jim Powers - Co-Chair

CEO & Chief Lighting Geek,
CJC Lighting & Production

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Lisa Powers

Producer,
CJC Event Lighting & Production

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Christine Maiwald

Corporate Administrator,
Renaissance Advisory Services

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Michael Sakey

Co-Owner,
Center Square Grill

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Mark Maruca

Owner / Lead Stylist,
Visual Changes Inc.

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Maureen Sullivan

President & CCO,
Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Bi-law Committee

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Tammy Bordeaux - Chair

Branch Manager,
PeoplesBank East Longmeadow

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Werner Maiwald

Financial Consultant,
Renaissance Advisory Services

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Van Johnson

Attorney,
V. Van Johnson III

Grant Distribution Committee

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Edward Zemba - Chair

President,
Robert Charles Photography

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Jennifer Grono

Teacher,
Wilbraham School System

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Christine Maiwald

Corporate Administrator,
Renaissance Advisory Services

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Stefan Davis

Local TV Host & Co Producer,
Against All Odds

Student Board

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Jennifer Grono - Chair

Teacher,
Wilbraham School System

Youth Outreach

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Christine Little - Chair

Director/Owner,
Little Bear Learn & Care Inc.

Accounting

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Kristi Reale

Senior Manager,
Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Silent Auction Committee

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Carolyn Lindsay - Chair

Senior Buyer-Purchasing,
Cartamundi

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Lauren Walt

Teacher,
Longmeadow School System

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Christine Little

Director/Owner,
Little Bear Learn & Care Inc.

Media/Press


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From Edward Zemba, Founder:

“UNIFY has grown beyond anything we ever originally conceptualized. Don’t get me wrong, we were shooting for the stars. However, we never dreamed UNIFY would impact so many, so deeply. When Aiden shared his thoughts, he spoke to our hearts. We realized immediately that all the late nights and early mornings were worth it. Even if just one child walked away realizing that he wasn’t alone, we succeeded beyond words.”

Press Releases & Event Dates


General News about Bullying

From a 10-year-old little boy who attended UNIFY 2015: When asked why he stood up on his chair and took video of the fashion show for over one hour, he replied… “It’s to remind me that I’m not alone.”

UNIFY 2015 grew beyond anything we ever originally conceptualized. Don’t get me wrong, we were shooting for the stars. However, we never dreamed UNIFY would impact so many so deeply. When Aiden said those words above, he truly spoke to our hearts. We decided immediately that all the late nights and early mornings were worth it. Even if just one child walked away from UNIFY realizing that he wasn’t alone, we had succeeded beyond words.