Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (February 12, 2004) - Students at Cedar Crest College have joined the 2004 V-Day College Campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and girls by presenting the third annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" on February 13, 14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Buskin Society, a theatrical volunteer organization comprised of students who work on the construction and backstage production crews.

"It is important to our organization to continue the tradition of this performance," says Heather Timberman, president of the Buskin Society. "It helps to bring awareness to important issues surrounding women that were once kept in silence."

V-Day is a worldwide movement to stop violence against women and girls and to proclaim Valentine's Day as the day to celebrate women and demand the end of abuse. Inspired by the world premiere of "The Vagina Monologues" at West Side Theatre, an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, the first V-Day was held in 1998 with a performance of the play by some of our country's biggest stars - Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Lily Tomlin and Calista Flockhart - who sought to raise awareness and money to empower women to take a stand against violence.

In 1999, 65 colleges worldwide participated in the V-Day campaign and the number has doubled every year since. Cedar Crest joined the campaign in 2002 with great success. With sold-out performances, over $1,000 was raised for local agencies. The proceeds of this years production will be donated to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, a local women's shelter.

The cast of "The Vagina Monologues" includes: Shelby Ellery '06 (Brunswick, ME); Jaime Karpovich '05 (Kingston, PA); Lynn Wilson '06 (East Palestine, OH) and Melissa Sturtevant '06 (Somers, CT).

Tickets are $15 for community and $5 for LVAIC students with ID. For more information, call the Cedar Crest College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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