2019 Cocktails for a Cause

Due to overwhelming interest, registration for Cocktails for a Cause has now closed! Thank you to all of our sponsors, host committee volunteers, and supporters for making this possible. If you have not registered yet we will be keeping a wait-list for available tickets. Please email pwjcevents@law.pace.edu if you are interested!

Sold out announcement for Cocktails for a Cause May 16, 2019

Join the Pace Women's Justice Center at our fifth annual Cocktails for a Cause party! This year we will be having award-winning author and activist Eve Ensler in conversation with Huffington Post reporter Melissa Jeltsen about Ensler's new book The Apology. Proceeds will support PWJC's legal services programs and help us in our mission to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Register for Cocktails for a Cause here.

Leadership Sponsors
Alayne Katz, Esq.
Barbara Wolfert
Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP
Hasapidis Law Offices & Full Court Press Appellate Printing
UBS- Hudson River Wealth Management
The Weinberg Center for Elder Justice Center at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
The Bernard Law Group
Copy Stop/Royal Press
Jane Aoyama-Martin
Joanne B. Spellane
Keane & Beane P.C.
Keep Them Safe Pooled Trust
Pound Ridge Police Benevolent Association Inc.
Tamara A. Mitchel, Esq.
Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP
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About the Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender-based violence in over 200 countries. She is a co-founder of the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with Christine Schuler Deschryver and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege. She is one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and the Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.” She lives in New York.

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The Apology

“Accusation and punishment of the guilty is one critical step in reckoning with abuse. Eve Ensler offers another crucial step forward: the deep self-reckoning and accounting that a true apology requires. This is an urgently needed book right now.”

—Jane Fonda, actor and activist

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father as a girl, Eve has grappled with this betrayal and its effects for her whole life, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. Through The Apology, Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally envision how to be free. At this cultural moment of public reckoning, Eve’s message has the power to prompt real transformation and healing, not only in those who have been abused but also in the ones who have hurt them, a step toward change that is necessary and long overdue.

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About Melissa Jeltsen

Melissa Jeltsen is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where she covers domestic violence and other issues related to women’s health, safety, and security. Her 2016 article Lorena Bobbit is Done Being Your Punchline was the inspiration behind the recent Amazon documentary Lorena. Jeltsen often reports on the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings. In the past, she's written for Jezebel, Raw Story, Talking Points Memo, The Rumpus, GOOD, Cosmo and The Boston Globe, among others.