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Ithaca, NY-The SWIS Club (Strong Women Impacting Society) of Ithaca High School will host its second annual Herstory, a soiree fundraiser for the Advocacy Center. The event is on May 30 at 7 pm, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca.

This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Love.” The event will celebrate female empowerment and the female experience; speakers will share stories about their experiences with love and how it has shaped them as people and feminists. Featured speakers include Lyn Staack from the Advocacy Center, as well as members of SWIS and the Ithaca community. The evening will also feature performances by local rapper SAMMUS and various student musicians. A wide variety of desserts and non-alcoholic drinks from local eateries will be served. The suggested donation is $7.

Last year’s HerStory was a huge success, with SWIS raising more than $1000 for the Advocacy Center while facilitating important community conversation. “We hope that even more people from the Ithaca community will join us this year,” says Olivia Salamon, SWIS co-president. “It was a lovely night and this year will be even better.”

Adds Elisheva Glaser, SWIS secretary, “It was amazing to hear everyone’s stories last year. It really demonstrated how some experiences are universal and how much we can learn from each other.”

SWIS is one of the largest clubs at Ithaca High School, with members of all ages and genders. Its mission is to raise awareness, promote change, and celebrate accomplishments of women. Members meet every week to discuss local and global feminist issues, and organizes various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for organizations working to better the lives of women worldwide.

The Advocacy Center was chosen for the HerStory benefit because of its success in advocating for women in the greater Ithaca area. The non-profit organization has provided support and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child sexual abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual assault since 2003. The goal of the Advocacy Center is to help reduce the trauma that results from domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.