Announcing Our Charity for 2015

by Tracey on December 15, 2014

Listen To Your Mother is committed to giving back; not only through the validation of the stories shared on stage, but also to local non-profit organizations. In fact, since the first Madison WI LTYM show in 2010, over $50,000 has been contributed to all charities combined, with $26,000 from the 2014 season alone! In the past year, LTYM grew by another 7 cities, bringing our current city count to 39. Can you imagine how far our combined efforts can go in 2015?? It’s humbling and awe-inspiring to be a part of something so grand…

In our 3 past years of doing the Chicago show, we have worked with 3 amazing non-profits: Bright Pink, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Recovery On Water. All 3 were special to Melisa and me for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional. Our choice for the 2015 show’s donations is just as important to each of us.

We are thrilled to announce that the Chicago branch of  The Red Pump Project is our 2015 non-profit organization! 10% of our ticket proceeds in 2015 will benefit projects in the Chicago area.

Their mission statement is very clear:

“The Red Pump Project® is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. We empower, educate, and motivate action by boldly driving conversation online and offline around HIV prevention and issues related to sexual and reproductive health. We use the Red Pump as a symbol of empowerment to represent the strength and courage of women affected by HIV/AIDS.”

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Personally, as a mother of a daughter, friend of people afflicted with HIV/AIDS, and proponent of empowering women in their sexuality and sexual health, this organization represents everything I stand for (as does Melisa). It’s exciting to think that our 2015 show will assist the Chicago area in their annual “Cupcakes and Condoms” event, to be held in August 2015. This is a women’s only, safe-space event where there are frank conversations with health professionals about women’s sexual health and the issues and effects associated with HIV/AIDS. In addition, while snacking on delicious cupcakes and treats, attendees will be involved in demonstrations and discussions about the female condom, birth control, and much more! It is unique, to say the least!

Want to get involved? Visit The Red Pump Project website to learn how you can help.

Want to get MORE involved? Then start writing, editing, and shuffling through your ideas and get your submissions READY, because the 2015 Chicago Listen To Your Mother show is closer than you think! We cannot do the show without the talent of the Chicago area’s brilliant and diverse population; this show is amazing because YOU are all amazing!

We will be accepting submissions in mid-January (exact date to be announced soon).

Want to make sure you don’t miss the window for submissions? Email us at ltymchicago@gmail.com with the subject line “Add Me To Your Email List!” and you will receive our newsletters when new information is released.

Mark your calendars for May 3rd at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL. Whether you are on the stage or in the audience, the Chicago show never disappoints!

Ann December 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

SO FREAKING PSYCHED ABOUT THIS!!!

Tracey December 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

SO MANY CAPS! SO MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS!

Melisa December 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Whoomp whoomp!

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