CSU - Pueblo joins global effort to stop violence against women with V-DAY production

CSU - Pueblo joins global effort to stop violence against women with V-DAY production

PUEBLO – A production of The Vagina Monologues at Colorado State University-Pueblo this month will raise funds for the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services and the 2012 V-Day Campaign for the Women and Girls of Haiti.

A one-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Hoag Recital Hall. An hors d’oeuvres reception, silent auction, and student art show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance to follow at 7 p.m.  
Tickets for students are $3, available for advanced purchase in the Occhiato University Center Feb. 13-15, or at the door with student identification. General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling in advance to reserve the tickets, or can be purchased at the door. Contact the Office of Student Activities at (719) 549-2975 for ticket information. Eighty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, an additional 10 percent will benefit the V-Day Campaign for the Women and Girls of Haiti, and the remaining 10 percent will remain with Prizm, the student organization that is hosting the event this year.

The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. For the fourth year in a row, CSU-Pueblo will present the benefit production as part of the V Day 2012 Campaign.  This benefit production is sponsored by Prizm, in conjunction with CSU-Pueblo's Office of Student Activities, Student Organization Funding Grants, CSU-Pueblo Women's Studies Department, and the CSU-Pueblo Diversity Resource Center.

Directed by CSU-Pueblo English major Shelby Kindell (junior, Canon City), the Feb. 15 performance will feature CSU-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College students, faculty, and staff members Jennifer Ball, Jordan Boehme-DeCew, Dawn DiPrince, Alyssa Donnelly, Jess Ferguson, Brittney Harris, Ariel Jameson, Constance Little, Morgan Manderville, Danika McClenahan, Adele Mead, Jasmine Matthew, Quiana Vargas, and Amber Willems.

About V-Day. V-Day (www.vday.org) is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic
works. In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $85 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East,
reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe
houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits. 

What is a V-Day Campaign? A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls.  By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.

To learn more about V Day CSU Pueblo, call (719) 549-2975 or e-mail the organization at studorgs@colostate-pueblo.edu. For additional information about V Day and its global campaigns, visit www.vday.org.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.