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New York, NY - June 28, 2006 - V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, salutes the UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC festival corporate and foundation sponsors for their generous support and commitment to make NYC the safest place on earth for women and girls. UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC, which ended last night with a 5K run through Prospect Park, was made possible with start-up Support from The Rockefeller Foundation and lead corporate support from Verizon. Additional sponsors of the UNITL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC include: Bloomberg; CBS Outdoor; The Nation and the Lakshimi Foundation.

A two-week festival of theater, spoken word, performance and community events, UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC was created to bring the issue of violence against women and girls front and center in the culture and the community. Conceived and directed by Eve Ensler, the festival featured performances by Kathy Bates, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, Suheir Hammad, Marcia Gay Harden, Rosie O’Donnell, Phylicia Rashad, Isabella Rossellini, Marian Seldes, Marlo Thomas, and more.  Authors contributing original works written exclusively for the festival included Edward Albee, Tariq Ali, Edwidge Danticat, Anna Deavere Smith, Ariel Dorfman, Michael Eric Dyson, Nicholas Kristof, Alice Walker, Nobel Prize winner Jody Williams, Howard Zinn, and more.

With marquee events with performances by celebrated actors, original works by noted authors, over 60 community events throughout the five boroughs, and a citywide messaging campaign, UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC took over New York City, putting women, their empowerment and safety directly on center stage. UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC issued a call to action to all New Yorkers, and to the world: Demand an end to violence against women and girls and become an active participant in ending it.

Sponsor highlights include: Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program was featured at all four Marquee Events and the run from June 12-27th, collecting wireless phones and accessories for refurbishment, the sales of which benefit victims of domestic violence and local non-profit advocacy agencies.  The Avon Foundation sponsored the grassroots coalition and V-Day Men and the Men@Work program.  Any One Of Us: Words from Prison, which took place Wednesday, June 21st at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, was sponsored in part by The New York Women’s Foundation.

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About V-Day: V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. In 2006, more than 2700 V-Day events in 1150 communities and colleges took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, V-Day has raised over $35 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns including the Karama program in the Middle East, funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs, reopened shelters, and funded safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.

94 cents of every dollar goes straight to ending violence against women and girls, not to covering administrative costs. V-Day keeps costs low by operating as a “virtual organization.” Incorporated as a 501(c) 3 charity in the state of California, the V-Day staff works in regions around the U.S. and world, primarily through volunteers and with a small paid staff. Eve Ensler, V-Day’s founder and artistic director, remains a volunteer. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Sponsors, Patrons, Supporters and Outreach Supporters for UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS:NYC

Start-up support:
The Rockefeller Foundation

Lead Corporate Support:

Avon Foundation
CBS Outdoor
The Nation
Succa by Susan Capa
Lakshimi Foundation.

Altria Group, Inc.
Bottlenotes, Inc.
Donna Karan
Mama Cash
New York Women’s Foundation
Suze Orman
Sarah Peter
Carole and Lisa Pittelman
Emily Scott Pottruck
schoolery design inc.
The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation

Ariel Capital Management
Carole Black
BET Networks
Abigail Disney
Robyn Goodman
Mellody Hobson
One World Fund
Francie Pepper
Abigail Pogrebin & David Shapiro
Marie Cecile Renauld
Howard & Sharon Socol
I. Chera Sons Foundation
Fran and Barry Weissler

Outreach Sponsors
Altar Magazine
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
The Brooklyn Rail
Equality Now
Girls in Government
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
OMEGA Institute
Safe Horizon
Sheila Wellstone Institute
Women’s Funding Network

As of June 27, 2006