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V-Day to bring anti-violence message to South Lake Tahoe

V-Day Lake Tahoe 2010 will present a benefit reading of “A Memory, a Monologue and Rant and a Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls,” at 7 p.m. April 16 and 23 at the Opal Lounge inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. The April 16 show will be in Spanish.

Organizers will be at the “Y” at 5 p.m. April 15 to raise awareness of the event and its mission.

This is the eighth year a V-Day event will be held at Lake Tahoe. Last year, more than 4,200 V-Day benefits took place around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. Since 1998, V-Day has raised more than $70 million for beneficiaries working to end violence against women and girls.

Locally, the campaign aims to raise more than $4,000 for local nonprofits including Tahoe Youth & Family Services, El Dorado Court Appointed Special Advocates and the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” is a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned for the first V-Day festival.

The volume features authors and topics that include Maya Angelou on women’s work; Michael Cunningham on self-mutilation; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction; Edwidge Danticat on a border crossing; Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother; Patricia Bosworth on her own physically abusive relationship; Jane Fonda on reclaiming our “mojo,” and many more.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.

To learn more about V-Day Lake Tahoe, call (775) 843-7142 or e-mail the nategoddess@yahoo.com. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit http://www.vday.org.

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