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Last updated: Fri. Feb. 15, 2013 - 06:52 am EDT

Video: Dancers hit Parkview Field for One Billion Rising

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For nearly an hour Thursday, local supporters of V-Day's One Billion Rising rocked Parkview Field.

According to the organization's website, on Valentine's Day 1998, playwright and activist Eve Ensler, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. They established a nonprofit and, originally staffed by volunteers, the organization's seed money came from a star-studded, sold-out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day's mission demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March, and April, Ensler allows groups to produce a performance of her play, "The Vagina Monologues," as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local projects and programs created to end violence against women and girls. There are now 5,800 V-Day events annually.

"Break the Chain" aims to raise awareness around the world about V-Day's fastest escalating global campaign to date, ONE BILLION RISING. The ONE BILLION RISING campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.”

Dancing on the top of the third base dugout, organizers led participants through several dances to raise awareness of the violence against women worldwide.

Afterward, local organizer Lori Block Keys said she thought the event was a success and she hopes they will try it again next year. She along with a handful of other local dancers got the ball rolling locally for the event. By the time they took to the top of the left field dugout Thursday they had 30 local organizations involved.

Local TV news anchor Terra Brantley, from WANE, NewsChannel 15, led the event. A survivor of domestic violence, Brantley said it is a subject near to her heart. Mayor Tom Henry told the crowd that Fort Wayne is already an award-winning city and we should make it an award-winning one for ending domestic violence.

ebogue@news-sentinel.com


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