Performance to benefit women's agency

V-Day, the nonprofit organization that sprung from the success of "The Vagina Monologues," is raising millions of dollars to prevent violence against women and girls.

The past few years, Kansas University has joined colleges across the country in giving benefit performances of the show. This is the first performance by a professional company in Lawrence.

Women's Transitional Care Services has been selected by the tour company as the local agency to receive V-Day funds, a percentage of the profits earned at the Lawrence show.

It could mean several thousand dollars for the organization.

"We're very excited because there were several organizations they could have chosen," WTCS director Lea Carland said. "This will really help us out."

Carland, who has seen past KU productions of "The Vagina Monologues," said the show touched on a lot of issues her agency deals with, such as domestic violence and the shame women sometimes feel about their bodies.

"It's really entertaining but also really educational, so people come away really learning a great deal about the oppression women go through with sexual and domestic violence," she said.

Two other fund-raisers for WTCS are coming up:

  • Their annual Mother's Day Tea will be at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Pachamama's, 2161 Quail Creek Drive. This is the seventh year for the event, which features a tea and silent auction. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children under 12, and can be purchased by calling WTCS at 331-2034.
  • A benefit concert at the Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Mass., Thursday, with music by No Lessons, $5 cover, 749-3320.

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