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On Saturday, February 2 at 7pm the Department of Theatre Arts senior class will present the 8th Annual “Wheels for Women” Benefit Cabaret at the Clark Theatre, Dillingham Center. We hope you will save the date and 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 75 minutes with an intermission and will feature music, poetry, and dance performed by our theatre arts majors. The event will also include a raffle for professional theatre tickets and an auction for a home made pie! Suggested donation is 10.00 per adult and 5.00 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 2nd!  Please bring friends!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kathleen Mulligan at kmulligan@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3927. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kathleen Mulligan at kmulligan@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3927. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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