Do you have someone on your Christmas list this year that you are at a loss for what to get them? Or maybe someone keeps asking you what’s on your list this year and you can’t think of anything. This may be just the thing you were looking for.
Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman is going to be speaking at an event on April 14, 2016! This would make a perfect gift for the OITNB fan on your list. Piper Kerman is not only the author of the book, but the book is a memoir of her experiences in Women’s prison and the inspiration for the Netflix TV series. I’ve heard that she is an excellent speaker and funny too.
“The View from Behind Bars an evening with Piper Kerman at MacLeod Hall in Calgary”, also includes a silent auction plus an option to buy premium seating to the event which includes a signed copy of Piper’s book “Orange is the new Black, my year in Women’s Prison”.
But this event will not only be entertaining, it is also raising money for a great cause. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary (EFRY) is a non-profit organization that has been helping women and youth who are dealing with the legal and justice system for over 50 years. They provide practical programs, basic necessities and connections to community resources with the goal of creating more hopeful futures.
The money raised from this event, “The View Behind Bars – An Evening with Piper Kerman” will go to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s prison to community transition programs.
I’ve really enjoyed watching OITNB – my favorite parts are the backstories. It really helps illustrate how often common themes of poverty abuse, trauma and addiction are to the women who end up engaged with the justice system and how without help these cycles could just keep repeating.
The show also gives you a bit of an idea of how hard it would be to start over and transition back into society. The Elizabeth Fry Society tries to help ease this transition through practical support.
Tickets are on sale now so go grab a couple for that tricky person on your list – your sister, or sister-in-law, friend or mother- and cross them off. Or drop a big hint about what you would like this year by sending this link.
For 50 years, Elizabeth Fry has offered a hand up to thousands of women in the Calgary community, providing practical programs, basic necessities and connections to community resources, all with the goal of creating more hopeful futures.