Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization Donates Performance Proceeds to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence

Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization Donates Performance Proceeds to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence

LONG BEACH, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women's and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.

The Women's and Gender Studies Student Organization at the university's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach donated 100% of proceeds from their fundraiser performance of "The Vagina Monologues" to the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence. McKee, Maner, Pietz and Schwertman served as performers in the play. Pietz also served as the performance's director.

The performance, whose cast was comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members, is based on the award-winning play by V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler. Interviewing more than 200 women, Ensler's play uses humor and grace to celebrate women's sexuality and strength.

For more information about the Women and Gender Studies program at Southern Miss, visitwww.usm.edu/gulfcoast/women-and-gender-studies-program.