Women’s rights activist to speak at Harquail

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds’s second fundraising event for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre will feature a women’s rights activist and documentary producer.

Joshua Safran will discuss his poignant experiences around his seven-year fight to free Debbie Peagler, a woman accused of murdering her abusive husband and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

The event, which takes place the Harquail Theatre on Sept. 11, will include a short introduction from the author followed by a screening of the film, “Crime After Crime,” which has won numerous awards and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds’s philanthropy committee says the unconventional story of the fight for justice is a gripping and inspiring one, and one which they are proud to present this year given their wonderful partnership with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

“An evening celebrating the bravery of Safran and Peagler is a perfect opportunity for a unified show of solidarity to a cause which the professionals at the Crisis Centre serve each day,” said Christina Bodden, the committee’s chairperson.

“Safran’s documentary, ‘Crime After Crime,’ is a well-crafted visual wake-up call to a social problem which should have no place in our society,” Ms. Bodden said.

Given the significance of this event, she said, they are offering a special sponsor package in recognition of their individual commitment to the Crisis Centre and Mr. Safran’s work.

The sponsorship package is $150 and includes one ticket for the evening, a name listing on the notices at the event and post-event advertisement. Individual tickets are $65 each. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

Copies of Mr. Safran’s book “Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid,” will be available for purchase, with a private book signing to follow the film.

Earlier this year the Hedge Fund committee hosted its first fundraiser and collected more than US$26,000 to benefit the Crisis Centre’s community programs.

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global chapter of professional women and men of the hedge fund industry who volunteer to make a difference in their communities, through educational programming, professional leverage initiatives and philanthropy.

For tickets, visit the Crisis Centre website at www.cicc.ky or email Denise Gower at [email protected]

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