On Thursday, the Fulton County Domestic Violence Program of the Family Counseling Center, the Cerrone Memorial Foundation and Fulton-Montgomery Community College will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That is 1 billion women violated, 1 billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On Thursday, V-Day's 15th anniversary, we are inviting 1 billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," and other artists' works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters and funded more than 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses. More than 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community.
On Thursday, the Family Counseling Center and the Cerrone's Memorial Foundation will sponsor Winter Warmth an Evening of Expression at the Fox Run Golf Course in Johnstown, with donations to benefit the Fulton County Domestic Violence Program. There will be dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Enjoy a variety of local artists, soloist, photographers, music and performers. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online or at the Patriot Federal Bank, Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, and Canajoharie, Unique Xpressions, Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, or by sending a check made out to the Family Counseling Center, 11-21 Broadway, Gloversville, NY 12078.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.winterwarmth.org or call 725-4310.
On Thursday, the Domestic Violence Program and Fulton-Montgomery Community College also will sponsor an event to include music and dancing at the college at 1 p.m.
For more information about these events, go to www.thefamilycounselingcenter.org.
LINDA S. HORAN
Program manager, Fulton County Domestic Violence Program