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Hope House offers hope for battered women

April 18, 2003

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by EMMA LEWIS

The statistics are startling. Every year four million women suffer from domestic violence, and 3.3 million children see this violence occur. The National Violence Against Women Survey reported that one in 14 men have suffered from physical or sexual abuse by the hands of their partners compared to one in four women in the United States.
Locally, the Hope House organization helps provide the assistance necessary for women and their children to break away from their domestic abusers. The Hope House is a shelter that serves the Kansas City area, particularly Eastern Jackson County. Hope House, celebrating their 20-year anniversary has helped abused women and their children by providing shelter and support after leaving their violent situation.
This May, Hope House will be having a fundraiser to help earn money for financial support of the organization. The Kitchen and Culinary Expo 2003 will include booths displaying and showing ways to decorate the kitchen, recipes and plenty of food to taste. There will be various local and famous chefs on hand to demonstrate their cooking abilities. There will also be raffles for various items. The money made from the Expo will go toward helping more than 9,000 women and their children that are in need of Hope House services each year.
The Expo will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center Saturday May 3 (10am-7pm), and Sunday May 4 (12pm-5pm). The single day tickets cost $12 and can be bought at the door. For more information on the event contact Karolyn at 816-461-4188 ext 334.
Since 1983, Hope House has been helping victims in the Kansas City area. The mission of Hope House is: “To break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower women and their children. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person’s right to live a life free of abuse.”
Annie Holderby, Longview student recalls a friend dealing with emotional abuse during 30 years of marriage. After 30 years Holderbys friend divorced her husband, tired of living the way she had for so long. Holderby thinks an organization such as Hope House could have helped her friend if she would have known of one. Holderby said, “That would have convinced her to get out a lot earlier.”

The statistics are startling. Every year four million women suffer from domestic violence, and 3.3 million children see this violence occur. The National Violence Against Women Survey reported that one in 14 men have suffered from physical or sexual abuse by the hands of their partners compared to one in four women in the United States.
Locally, the Hope House organization helps provide the assistance necessary for women and their children to break away from their domestic abusers. The Hope House is a shelter that serves the Kansas City area, particularly Eastern Jackson County. Hope House, celebrating their 20-year anniversary has helped abused women and their children by providing shelter and support after leaving their violent situation.
This May, Hope House will be having a fundraiser to help earn money for financial support of the organization. The Kitchen and Culinary Expo 2003 will include booths displaying and showing ways to decorate the kitchen, recipes and plenty of food to taste. There will be various local and famous chefs on hand to demonstrate their cooking abilities. There will also be raffles for various items. The money made from the Expo will go toward helping more than 9,000 women and their children that are in need of Hope House services each year.
The Expo will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center Saturday May 3 (10am-7pm), and Sunday May 4 (12pm-5pm). The single day tickets cost $12 and can be bought at the door. For more information on the event contact Karolyn at 816-461-4188 ext 334.
Since 1983, Hope House has been helping victims in the Kansas City area. The mission of Hope House is: “To break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower women and their children. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person’s right to live a life free of abuse.”
Annie Holderby, Longview student recalls a friend dealing with emotional abuse during 30 years of marriage. After 30 years Holderbys friend divorced her husband, tired of living the way she had for so long. Holderby thinks an organization such as Hope House could have helped her friend if she would have known of one. Holderby said, “That would have convinced her to get out a lot earlier.”

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Longview drama is Backstage at Bobette’s

February 28, 2003

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by EMMA LEWIS

Calling all students. The Longview Actor’s Guild offers more than just a chance to act. The campus drama club currently performs and produces plays at Backstage at BoBette’s, a dinner theatre located at the Courtyard of the Arts inside the Blue Ridge Mall.
Joining the Actor’s Guild offers a variety of opportunities to work in theatre–with set design, props, costumes, technical support and public relations–in addition to acting. Auditions at BoBette’s are open, which means that anyone can tryout for the productions. This includes not only college students but also professionals and community members.
Longview drama instructor Joyce Kuhn, sponsor of the Actor’s Guild and director of Bobette’s, is also the President of the Cultural Arts Coalition, an umbrella organization for 42 arts groups in eastern Jackson County. Kuhn suggests some good reasons to get involved in theatre.
“I think everyone should have an opportunity to build self-esteem. Theatre helps you overcome shyness and helps you to develop memory skills by memorizing lines–it helps you become a team player because you share in the development of various disciplines,” she said.
Other facets of theatre include set design with painting and decoration, wardrobe, props, sound and lighting. Kuhn said, “A theatre production isn’t just performance. It includes all of the fine arts.”
Getting involved and volunteering time to theatre can help develop skills in many other areas, Kuhn said. For example, the set designer at BoBette’s, Matt Meeks, is an architect who began volunteering while he was in college. He did this to gain experience for architecture.
Comedy and mystery plays are the usual offerings at Bobette’s. Kuhn said, “People cannot eat food over tragedies.”
The company recently finished their production of
The Butler Did It, which closed on February 22. Three more plays are scheduled this season:
The Philadelphia Story, opening March 14; Funny Money, starting May 9; and to finish the season, Private Lives opens July 11.
For more information: call 816-672-2299 or 816-313-2787.

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