9th Annual Wheels for Women Cabaret Saturday, February 1!

On Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. the Department of Theatre Arts senior class will present the 9th Annual “Wheels for Women” Benefit Cabaret. We hope you will come out for a wonderful evening of entertainment while helping to change women’s lives on the other side of the world. The cabaret will last about 90 minutes with an intermission and will feature music, poetry, and dance. The event will also include a raffle for professional theatre tickets and an auction for a home made pie! Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $5 for students. The cabaret will take place in the Clark Theatre, Dillingham Center, on the Ithaca College campus. Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to Ithaca College with “Wheels for Women” in the memo.

A little about our organization:

Wheels for Women works in partnership with the Sakhi Shelter for victims of domestic violence in Kerala, India to provide shelter residents and community members with the training necessary to become licensed auto rickshaw drivers (like taxi drivers in the U.S.). Through this training, abused women and victims of the sex trade gain the job skills needed to work towards financial independence and away from their abusers.

In 2010 Professor Kathleen Mulligan traveled to Kerala, India as a Fulbright scholar with her project “Finding Women’s Voices,” which focused on the empowerment of women through voice. One night she was invited to teach her workshop at the Sakhi Shelter. At the end of the evening, Kathleen’s husband, David Studwell, asked the director of the shelter what they needed more than anything. “We need a vehicle,” she said. “We need a way to rescue desperate women in the middle of the night.” Out of that conversation Wheels for Women was born. The following summer, Kathleen and David produced a benefit cabaret in Holland, MI and raised the money to purchase a new auto-rickshaw for the shelter. Since that summer they have produced seven more Wheels for Women cabarets with senior theatre majors at Ithaca College. The money raised from these cabarets has purchased an additional auto rickshaw for the shelter and trained over twenty shelter residents as licensed auto rickshaw drivers. As Beena Sebastian, the director of the shelter says: “Female auto rickshaw drivers are rare in India, but we are starting a revolution!”

Check out our website at wheels4women.org.

We hope to see you on the 1st! Please bring friends and SPREAD THE WORD! Need more information? Contact Kathleen at kmulligan@ithaca.edu

Saturday, February 1 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Dillingham Center, Clark Theatre

Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact kmulligan@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests be made as soon as possible to ensure they can be met.

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