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February 11, 2004

Community Solutions to benefit from "VDAY Gavilan College 2004"

South Santa Clara County, CA - Community Solutions for children, families and individuals, Inc., and Gavilan College have announced their plans to bring the Vagina Monologues to South County for the first time ever. Performances will take place on Saturday, February 28, and Monday, March 1, 2004 both at 7:00 pm at the Gavilan College Theater in Gilroy. The performances will be preceded by a Women?s Resource Fair in front of the theater, which will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, and may be purchased at Kimz and Lori?z Avalon on Fifth Street in downtown Gilroy, and at the Pinnacle Newspapers office in downtown Hollister.

Proceeds from the performances will benefit Community Solutions, a private non-profit agency serving South County and the surrounding areas. Founded as a teen drop-in center in 1972, the agency currently provides a wide spectrum of services in response to issues of mental health, substance abuse, teen parenting, family dysfunction, sexual assault, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, homelessness and youth development. Last year the agency served over 14,000 individuals, including intervention services to 125 victims of sexual assault. The shelter for battered women, La Isla Pacifica (The Peaceful Island) housed 76 women and 82 children. The Domestic Violence crisis line handled 480 calls. Community Solutions provides Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault prevention education to thousands of individuals in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.
The Vagina Monologues, an Obie-award winning play, was created by Eve Ensler in 1996. It has been translated into 22 languages and performed around the world as part of the ?V-DAY? campaign to stop the violence against women. V-DAY Gavilan College 2004 is part of the ?First Mondays? play-reading series at Gavilan College Theater ? a forum to bring new, different, or controversial works to the stage.

?Bringing The Vagina Monologues to South Santa Clara County is important because it provides a great opportunity to educate our communities on violence against women.? said Amy M. Molica, Sexual Assault Program Specialist for Community Solutions and the driving force behind this unprecedented event. ?At first, I was apprehensive about bringing this production to South County because it?s an issue that raises a great deal of controversy. However, I feel that it paints a realistic picture of what some women endure.? she concluded.

Gavilan College student and ?Vagina Monologues? director Cherise Mantia shares Molica?s sense of commitment, ?When I first saw the play I related to it ? they were saying things I?d never said before to anyone outside my circle of friends?women don?t talk about these issues. It?s there, but it?s not there.? A big challenge, according to Mantia, will be in supporting the cast members who will read Eve Ensler?s work because, ?It?s a big risk for the performer. This is difficult material, and a lot of people believe that what you say onstage is who and what you are.?

A cast of 23 women from the Gavilan College Community will perform the monologues. The ?Vagina Monologues? includes adult themes and may not be appropriate for young audiences. For more information or to purchase tickets call (408) 846-4973

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The mission of Community Solutions is to create opportunities for positive change by promoting and supporting the full potential of individuals, the strengths of families and the well being of our community.

In an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, Gavilan College serves the community by providing a high-quality learning experience which prepares students for transfer, technical and public service careers, lifelong learning and participation in a diverse global society.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. Through benefit performances of ?The Vagina Monologues,? unique documentary film projects and innovative gatherings designed to change social attitudes toward violence, V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop world wide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery. In its first years, the V-Day movement has raised over $20 million. The ?V? in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. For more information please visit .

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