Over the past few months, I’ve had the wonderful honor of directing 23 women to help them put on a fantastic show. Alongside my co-director, we were able to help everyone in The Vagina Monologues get ready to perform. Every year, McDaniel puts on The Vagina Monologues as a fundrasier and a way to raise awareness about violence against women. I have been involved in the show all four years here at McDaniel. Since this is the 10th anniversary of the show, it was a special year to be in charge.
The week of the show was an absolute roller coaster. There was so much that had to be done and so little time to do it. However, all week, even while I was super stressed, I knew that everything I was doing was being done for a good cause. I was very excited about the weekend of the show because I knew that seeing all of our hard work pay off would feel fantastic. Throughout the weekend, it was great to see people come out to support our cause and the work of our cast members. It touched my heart to see how many people were willing to come out on a very cold weekend to support the cause.
Overall, I’m very proud of the way the show turned out and I’m so glad that I could be such a large part of it my senior year. We’re donating 10% of our proceeds to V-Day, the international organization that promotes The Vagina Monologues, 45% to Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, and 45% to Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland.
This week, we had a fundraiser for the 10th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues. The show is done as a fundraiser itself, since all of the profits are donated: 10% goes to V-Day, 45% goes to Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, and 45% goes to Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. As the co-director of this year’s production, it is my responsibility, along with my co-director, Whitney, to come up with fundraising ideas that will help us fund the cost of the show. We decided that in addition to doing the traditional raffle that is done every year, we would do a “Pie in the Face” fundraiser. We gathered six administrators on campus that would be willing to get pied in the face. We asked students, faculty, and staff to donate to whoever they would like to see get pied in the face. The person who raises the most amount of money will get a pie in the face, and the person who raises the second most amount of money will get a cupcake in the face. We will be pieing the winners in the face on Tuesday!
As we were sitting outside Glar (the dining hall) asking people for donations, people were laughing like crazy. Some people also responded with “That’s mean…” but once we reassured them that it was for charity and that everyone agreed, they donated! Between the raffle and the money we collected for the pieing in the face, we raised enough money to cover some of the t-shirt costs for the show! Whitney and I were very proud of our fundraiser and the amount of money we raised! Not only did we raise money, it got the word out about Vagina Monologues, which was really our main goal. We’re so excited to put on this show in February and make all of the past directors proud!