Want to Help Fight Violence Against Women? Here’s How!

V-Day Apex 2009’s Grand Finale Event is a Benefit Production of
The Vagina Monologues April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Apex, N.C. (April 7, 2009) On March 13, the 2nd Annual Peak of Good Fashion Show in downtown Apex kicked off a series of fundraising events in honor V-Day Apex 2009, which is being coordinated by a group of Apex men, women and businesses who have united to support V-Day 2009, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Following the fashion show, silent auctions were held March 26 at Peak City Grill & Bar in Apex and April 2 at Amra’s in Raleigh.

The grand finale V-Day Apex 2009 event will be a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in historic downtown Apex on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. The opening night performance has already sold out and only a few tickets remain for the Saturday performance.

“The Vagina Monologues are a vehicle to raise awareness about violence against women and girls,” says Cornelia McDonald, an Apex native and Director of The Vagina Monologues. “It’s a subject that is hidden for generations in families and continues to contaminate the very core of the our being. We must break the cycle in order to live in a more holistic manner.”

Eighty percent of the funds raised from all of the V-Day Apex 2009 events will be donated to the Apex Police Department to build a “soft” interview room where detectives and officers can meet with victims of crimes and their family members in a private, non-threatening environment. The funds will also be used for officer training focused on responding to domestic and sexual violence. Since the new Apex police station is currently undergoing construction, this is the perfect time to raise funds for the creation of this room.

“In this time when we, like all entities, are faced with the effect of an economic downturn, we are most appreciative that local supporters of V-Day, a campaign to end violence against women, are working with our department to enhance our response capabilities in these types of incidents,” says Apex Police Chief Jack Lewis. “We realize that in these very difficult moments, providing a more relaxed and less stressful environment than typically found in a standard interview room or police office can help the healing process begin.”

V-Day Apex 2009 is proud to be sponsored by Circle of Health International (COHI) (http://www.cohintl.org), an international non-profit with a mission to build the capacity of women’s health care professionals in crisis settings. Ten percent of funds raised by V-Day Apex 2009 will be donated to COHI, and 10 percent will be donated to V-Day’s global campaign (http://www.vday.org).

The Vagina Monologues performance details are below. For additional information, visit http://events.vday.org/2009/Community/Apex_(TVM).

Who: V-Day Apex 2009
What: V-Day Apex 2009 performance of The Vagina Monologues to raise funds for the Apex Police Department for the creation of a “soft” interview room, where detectives and officers can meet with victims of crimes and their family; the funds will also be utilized for officer training focused on responding to domestic and sexual violence.
Where: Halle Cultural Arts Center at 237 N. Salem Street in Downtown Apex
When: April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $20; tickets may be purchased though http://www.etix.com.
Contacts: Brooke Rawls at brawls@rxhealthcare.org or Brooke Davies at willdavies@bellsouth.net
Goal: To raise awareness for stopping violence against women and girls; and to raise funds for the Apex Police Department’s “soft” interview room and for officer training.
Sponsored by: V-Day Apex 2009

About V-Day: V-Day is a global 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 2008, over 4000 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 $60 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 6000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities” in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org.

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.

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