It’s already been 8 years, but here I am, publicizing yet another awesome fundraiser in memory of an amazing girl. Every March since 2002, hundreds of people have come out for a night of fun, music and mayhem in memory of Shannon McNamara, the inspiration behind Girls Fight Back. Each year we’ve worked to raise money for a specific project that is geared towards making women and girls safer and stronger. This year is particularly significant, as it’s the first time our goal is to raise money for women half a world away in Nairobi, Kenya.
I first met Lee Sinclair, founder of I’m Worth Defending, in July 2008. We were both speaking at the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation annual conference. We developed an immediate girl crush on each other and I’m simply in awe of what this woman has accomplished in such a short amount of time. I’ll be traveling to Kenya in January 2010 to teach women’s safety and self-defense with Lee, and during 2009 I’ll be busy fundraising for it. It’s my hope to also bring along a film crew and make a documentary about the experience. The world needs to see what is happening in Africa, and so little money makes such a huge difference there.
So this year on Fri. March 13th, we’ll be partying it up, remembering Shannon and raising money for I’m Worth Defending. If you cannot attend the event, I’m hoping you will consider making a donation by clicking here. My goal is to raise $10,000 during 2009 for the trip in 2010. Here’s a little more event info, for all you crazy Chicagoans…I will see you there.
DATE: Friday, March 13, 2009
TIME: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
LOCATION: Slugger’s (across from Wrigley Field)
3540 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
COST: $35 per person – all you can drink beer, wine, well drinks
*Please be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.*