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V-Day Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary This Valentine's Day In NYC


01/29/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher
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"V to the 10th: NYC - Kickoff To New Orleans" -
AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM WITH
JANE FONDA, GLENN CLOSE, BROOKE SHIELDS, EVE ENSLER, LA CHANZE, KERRY WASHINGTON, CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE QUINN AND MORE

V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2008 with women and men from the U.S. and throughout the world. Founded by playwright Eve Ensler on February 14, 1998 at the first benefit of her award winning play The Vagina Monologues at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, the global non profit has raised over $50 million for local anti violence groups with events taking place in over 120 countries to date and thousands more planned during the upcoming anniversary year.

On February 14, 2008, exactly ten years after the very first V-Day benefit, V-Day is going back to the Hammerstein Ballroom for V to the 10th: NYC - Kickoff To New Orleans. This event will kick of V-Day’s anniversary year, leading up to V TO THE TENTH, the V-Day event of the decade, on April 11 - 12, 2008 at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome.

V to the 10th: NYC - Kickoff To New Orleans will feature appearances by Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Brooke Shields, Eve Ensler, La Chanze, Kerry Washington, NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and more. The evening will offer a New Orleans inspired tasting menu and desserts by guest chefs Megan Roen Forman from Sucre; Brittany Casciato, Pastry Chef, Cochon; Simone Fleming, Executive Pastry Chef, The Ritz Carlton and Christy Phebus, Pastry Chef, Bayona. Following dinner, the event will turn into a post dinner dance party. Special guest Carole Bebelle from the Ashe Cultural Center in New Orleans, will join Co- Chairs Pat Mitchell and Jennifer Buffett, to help kick off V-Day’s official 10 year anniversary with a look back at our victories and successes, and a re-commitment to the next ten years to end violence against women and girls.

The event has support from the following companies and individuals: Bloomberg, Grey Goose Vodka, Melody Hobson, Newman's Own Foundation, Carole and Lisa Pittelman, and Linda Schejola.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6:30 Cocktails, 8:00pm Dinner, Performance, 10:00pm Dance Party & Dessert Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, NYC

Gala Ticket Prices from $350- $2,500 and VIP Tables of 10: $10,000 | $25,000 | $50,000 | $75,000 | $100,000.

Dance Party $25 tickets available for dessert, open bar and dancing from 10 PM on.

For more information and ticket sales please contact The JFM Group at 212-921-9070, x. 12 or email amandam at thejfmgroup

About V-Day

V-Day is a global 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. In 2007, more than 3000 V-Day events took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratie Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.