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Press Release for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

UNF Women's Center Presents V-Day Benefit Performance

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Women’s Center and V-Day UNF 2009 will present a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in UNF’s Robinson Theater.

Proceeds benefit the UNF Women’s Center, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Betty Griffin House and the V-Day 2009 Spotlight Project. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $8 for students with any valid student identification. Tickets may be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. A sign-language interpreter will be available for the February 27 performance only.

“The Vagina Monologues,” have been hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous.” The performance was written by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, who dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. New this year, the 2009 Spotlight Monologue focuses attention on violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The performance is made possible by a collaboration of more than 40 UNF students, faculty and staff who make up V-Day UNF 2009. In cooperation with the UNF Women’s Center and the global V-Day movement, V-Day UNF works to raise awareness of violence against women and girls through performances and educational events.

In addition to the two February benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” another benefit performance of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, in the UNF Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $8 for students with any valid student identification. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878.

For more than 20 years, the UNF Women’s Center has been a vital hub of learning and advocacy for the entire University community. The Women’s Center provides emergency loans, victim advocacy services, rape awareness education as well as information and referrals on a variety of women’s issues, in addition to hosting performances, lectures and events each year.

For more information about the V-Day 2009 benefit events at UNF or the Women’s Center at UNF, call (904) 620-2528.