February 14, 2013

February 14 - V-Day - End Violence l FUNDRAISERS: Fab Fem l Sarasvàti: So You Think You Can Act

February 14 is also V-Day – a day dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. 
Honor this day and help Polaris Project embark upon our second decade of success.

Polaris Project was founded with the belief that everyday people could end modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Just this week the U.S. Senate passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), cornerstone legislation in America’s fight against human trafficking.

Thousands called and emailed Senators, urging them to make this bill a priority. 
The Senate passed this legislation 93-5 as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act on President Lincoln’s birthday.

Urge the House of Representatives to pass the TVPRA and help victims of trafficking.

The fight against human trafficking isn’t only waged on Capitol Hill. It’s on our streets. When people see the young girl being abused and sold for commercial sex 
or the nanny who is too afraid to leave the house because she’s been threatened, 
citizens are taking action and calling the Hotline (1-888-373-7888).

Last month, Polaris Project’s call specialists answered a record-breaking 2,850 calls. 
That’s 65% higher than our entire 2012 monthly average. 

In this one month, we:
Identified 323 victims of human trafficking and connected them to services
Directly supported 71 survivors 
Reported 114 potential cases of human trafficking to law enforcement

Here are three things you can do:
Share the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888)
Make a donation and help fund our work

Bradley Myles, Executive Director
P.O. Box 53315, Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-745-1001, Fax: 202-745-1119, Email

Feb 20
West End Cultural Centre

Fab Fem Fundraiser!
Entertainment, a silent auction, delicious food!

Call 204-477-1123

February 20, 7 pm 
Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Avenue)
Tickets are $25 and are available on-line.

Winnipeg celebrities who do not have acting experience pair with local actors to perform a scene. A panel of judges will provide hilarious commentary in the style of reality-television competition programming. Ultimately, the audience will vote for their favorite pair! 

This year’s theme is Family Ties – scenes will explore the humor and conflict that we all know exist in family relationships!

Hosted by Lee White (CRUMBS improv group)

Judges: Mariam Bernstein (local actor and director), Ryan Miller (Hot Thespian Action) 
and Robb Paterson (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Associate Director)

Sarasvàti Productions is proud to present the celebrity line-up for its fun fundraiser:
Jenna Khan (Breakfast Television), Jon Ljungberg (comedian), Marcy Markusa (CBC Radio), Ron Paley (Ron Paley Big Band), Kerri Salki (102.3 Clear FM), Desiree Scott (Olympic bronze medalist) and Jeff Stoughton (world champion curler).

“After last year’s amazing success, that saw Ace Burpee take home the trophy, we are excited to welcome a whole new list of celebrities,” says Artistic Director Hope McIntyre.

Funds raised will go towards the spring production of Jail Baby, a partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba.

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