WOMEN OF SONG RAISE VOICES FOR VICTIMS

Women of Song raised $1,020 for the domestic-abuse counseling service 180 Turning Lives Around over the weekend. The three-day event began Friday at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank, where poet Lauren Elizabeth (above) and singer/songwriter Cat London, right, moved the audience and even fellow artists to tears with their work. The event continued on to Ocean Township and Asbury Park Saturday and Sunday. 

“It was overall a wonderful evening of spoken words, music, and art all three nights,” said organizer Maxine Snow. “And to bring awareness of 180 Turning Lives Around to folks who were not aware of what they are about was a good thing.” (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

WOMEN TO SHARE THEIR SONGS AND STORIES

The Woman’s Club of Red Bank is the kickoff site for the three-day event. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

What is the value of art? Is it a frivolous hobby or a creative outlet necessary for emotional health?

Coming up this weekend is a three-day fundraiser designed to provoke such musings. The second annual “Women of Song” event is being held to promote the arts in Monmouth County through music, poetry, and performance. It kicks off Friday at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank before continuing on to Ocean Township and Asbury Park over the weekend.

Organizers Maxine Snow and Helen-Chantel Pike co-founded the event, with help from Brenda Wirth and Jenny Woods, to rectify what they saw as a “lack of representation for female talent in the Jersey Shore area,” said Snow.

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