Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Vagina Monologues in DC

This weekend was the first read through for The 2011 Vagina Monologues in DC!!! A group of 20+ FABULOUS women got together to go over the script of Eve Ensler's award-winning play.

We will perform “The Vagina Monologues” on February 25 and 26 and sponsor a number of awareness and fundraising events leading up to those dates. Tickets can be bought online in the coming weeks; stay tuned!

We will also be hosting a VAGINA CRAFT-MAKING PARTY!!! in early February!!!!  I could not be more excited about this and hope a whole bunch of you will be joining us for it.

Our DC community performance of “The Vagina Monologues” is part of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.  The show is important to me, not only because it raises awareness about the importance of ending violence against women, but because all proceeds will be divided between two worthy causes: our local beneficiary, the DC Rape Crisis Center, and this year's V-Day spotlight campaign, the women of Haiti.

The DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. DCRCC helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy. Ninety percent of the money raised from our show will go specifically towards helping DCRCC raise awareness about its hotline and counseling services to better reach survivors in the DC community. For more information about the DC Rape Crisis Center, their programs and services, and opportunities to support the center, please visit their website.

Our efforts also benefit this year’s national V-Day spotlight campaign, a global movement to call attention to the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists – including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene – that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter and legal services.. Ten percent of V-Day DC’s proceeds will go to this campaign.

I hate to make this a fundraising push, but.....we are looking for businesses/organizations to buy ads in the program, people to make donations, and people to come to the show.  Let me know if you would like to make a donation!!  All contributors who donate more than $50 by Friday, February 11th will have their names printed in the show program.

More info as it comes!!

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