Help the YWCA Celebrate 120 Good Men

Each year the YWCA celebrates 100 Good Men.  Last year we were pleased to see several of our OBRFW supporters in the celebration lineup!

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Some of the Nominees at 100 Good Men 2013

You can nominate and sponsor a Good Man!  Who do you know who models healthy relationships and exemplifies the YWCA mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, and dignity for all?  Nominations are due by July 14.

This year the event will again be held at Parkview Field with the celebration happening during a TinCaps game – on July 23.  Each nominee receives a ticket to the game and is celebrated on the field at the game.  But there is a twist this year.  To recognize the YWCA’s 120th anniversary, they will celebrate 120 Good Men!

To nominate one or more Good Men, simply fill out the simple nomination form – you can do it online or send in a paper version – and donate $25 to the YWCA (a great cause in the first place!).  Find the form and all the information you need at www.ywca.org/120GoodMen.

Pink, Red, Purple

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We are hours away.  In six hours the stands at Parkview Field will be filled with pink, red, and purple.  Hundreds of people, most dressed in pink, red, and purple.

It will be colorful.  We’ll dance.  We’ll yell.  We’ll laugh.  We’ll sing.

Most of all, though, we will pause and listen – to the very important message about the issue of violence against women and girls.  We’ll listen to stories about how that affects us right here.  We’ll get to know the 5 nonprofit community resources that address violence issues in our community every day.

We’ll rise and dance to make change happen.  To build awareness.  To lift the darkness from this often misunderstood issue.  To make sure that survivors know that someone has their back.

Thanks to all of you who have worked and donated to make this event happen! Thanks to all of you who will be there today – in your pink, red, and purple!

Shovels Against Violence

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We at One Billion Rising Fort Wayne have the best friends ever!  Ever!

Yesterday, there was a window of opportunity to clear snow from the stands at Parkview Field to get ready for Friday’s main event.  Last year, we had no snow buildup to deal with, but this year it had drifted high among the seats.  A bunch of great volunteers showed up, shovels in hand, and got to work clearing the seats.

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They came from all corners.

  • You can see Tincaps tickets guru Justin Shurley in the front of the photo below, lugging a huge shovelful.
  • They came with Andrew Hoffman and Neighborlink.
  • They came with Brad from the Tincaps Bad Apple Dancers who (spoiler alert!) will be dancing with us on Friday.
  • They came because they saw the call for help on WANE-TV.
  • They came, like Kevin Butts and Jerry Vandeveer, because they were loyal OBRFW volunteers and supporters who fervently believe in the cause.

Do you see the man in the back talking to the woman in the green coat.  That’s Jerry Vandeveer, who has been a supporter since day one.  He is talking with Cathie Rowand of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about OBR and OBRFW.  He eloquently explains the cause and why we are here.  Watch and listen …

Removing Snow for One Billion Rising Event from The Journal Gazette on Vimeo.

Breaking the Chain at Wunderkammer

This video features the Dance Empowerment Crew dancing to Break The Chain at our fundraiser at Wunderkammer.  But, DO NOT click away when the dance is done!  The video continues with the soft sounds of Mathis Grey, who we thank for playing at the fundraiser – go check out “Lights” on iTunes or Bandcamp.

Video Credit – Yolanda SoBlessed Hall

Girl Rising – What a Great Fort Wayne Premiere!

The critically acclaimed film, Girl Rising, premiered to a packed house last night at the Cinema Center.  The film highlights the stories of 9 girls from across the globe to demonstrate the impact that educating a girl can have on her life – from creating the opportunity for individual freedom and happiness, to breaking the cycle of violence, abuse, and oppression, to kickstarting the cultural growth of a country!

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The lobby was full of pink as people filed in.  The OBRFW crew debuted the new 2014 hot pink t-shirt!

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To guarantee you get a shirt, you can buy one for $10 (proceeds to our charity partners, of course) at our Lifting the Darkness fundraiser this Sunday at Wunderkammer.   Or take your chances of being one of the 1 in 3 who receive one at the main event at Parkview Field.

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Jonah Crismore of the Cinema Center introduced OBRFW’s Lori Rose while people were still filing into the theater.  Thanks to Jonah and the Cinema Center and to David Lupke and Lupke Rice Insurance for generously sponsoring the event (you guys rock)!

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After some thank you’s, Lori got the program started.

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She first and introduced Matt Thomas’s beautiful and moving OBRFW “Why We Rise!” video.  If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t wait – go directly to the video and be thrilled!  p.s. – we apologize, Matt, for “borrowing” your photo (below) of your video on the big screen.

Matt Thomas' OBRFW Video at Girl Rising

And we moved right into the feature film.  For those of you who may not  be familiar with Girl Rising, we suggest you that you visit GirlRising.com for more information.  You can even buy a DVD for home use or license the film for a group event like ours.  The film is a cinematic pleasure and the storytelling (all true stories) is wonderful.  We’ll concentrate on the facts of the issues for a second – here’s Girl Rising’s 10 Facts About Girls’ Education.

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Sometimes we in the US tend to think that these issues don’t exist here.  The US wasn’t one of the 9 countries represented in the film.  But, they absolutely do – right here in Fort Wayne.  To start a dialogue about the local impact we can make, Jordan Crouch of Crime Victim Care and Nicole Moore of Creative Women of the World led a discussion that continued until 11:30!  We were especially proud of you girls in the audience who found your voice and spoke up openly – because, frankly, you are what this is all about!  Kudos!

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One Billion Rising Fort Wayne thanks everyone who came to Girl Rising last night.  Please come visit us again on V-Day, February 14 at 5:00 pm at Parkview Field, to RISE once more.