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 2013 V-Day Campaign.

A one-night-only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Hoag Recital Hall. The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. For the fifth year in a row, CSU-Pueblo will present the benefit production this year as part of the V Day 2013 Campaign.

Tickets for students are $3, with student identification or for younger children. General admission tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services and the 2013 V-Day 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 Program, and the CSU-Pueblo Diversity Resource Center.

Directed by CSU-Pueblo English major Shelby Kindell (senior, Cañon City), the February 27 performance will feature CSU-Pueblo students, faculty, and staff members, and Pueblo community members Bev Allen, Jennifer Ball, Siana Bobst, Brooke Emond, Ariana Fisher, Allison Gigliotti, Brittney Harris, Ariel Jameson, Josa Jaramillo, Constance Little, Jasmine Matthew, Noelle San Souci, Lexi Santistevan, 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 more than 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 director at skindell13@gmail.com. For additional information about V Day and its global campaigns, visit www.vday.org.

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