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2009 The Vagina Monologues presented February 20

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Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

As part of the 2009 V-Day College Campaign, the Women’s Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for organizations working to end violence against women and girls. The benefit will be held on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 pm in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

This year’s spotlight is on the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Part of the money raised will go toward the “Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the DRC” campaign, a new global call of attention to the violence committed against women and girls in the DRC.

The benefit is directed by Justine Thompson with Grace Wiebenga serving as assistant director. The cast of 22 is comprised of students and community members and is being organized and produced by Bria Callaway with the help of UH Hilo Women’s Center staff.

Tickets are currently available at the UH Hilo Women’s Center, CD Wizard, the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office, and Basically Books. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. Proceeds will also go to local agencies that work with issues of violence against women. Past recipients include Turning Point for Families, the S.A.R.A.H. Foundation, and the UH Hilo Women’s Center.

V-Day is a non-profit organization that distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that are involved in issues of violence against women and girls.

For more information about The Vagina Monologues, or to become a sponsor, contact the UH Hilo Women’s Center at 974-7306 or

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