Asian American Community Gathers to Dance for Asian Women’s Shelter

Popular local community band PULSE and R&B singer Colette Ikemi will be performing at the 3rd Annual Benefit Dance for the Asian Women’s Shelter (www.SFAWS.org). This event will be on Saturday, September 25, 2010, 7:00pm – 12:00am, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Last year’s event was a huge success. For tickets ($25) or sponsorship opportunities, email AWSdance@yahoo.com.

The Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) was founded in 1988 to provide immediate crisis services to domestic violence survivors and children, especially those who are immigrants and refugees. AWS connects these women and children to legal, medical, and long-term services, and has provided thousands of shelter bed nights to them. 100% of women and children improve their nutrition and health while residing at AWS. AWS is committed to every person’s right to live in a violence-free home. Please support and join us in creating a future free from violence.

The talented PULSE band started in SF Japantown over 25 years ago, and is still going strong playing Funk, R&B and Rock music. The band is a favorite at Bay Area community events and clubs, and is composed of some of the best-known Asian American musicians in the Bay Area. PULSE remains true to its goal of providing exciting music with veteran musicians Billy Shen on guitar, Carey Huang on keyboards, Derrick Tong on bass, Arthur Wong on drums, and vocalists Mel Banez, Eva Chew, and Cris Dumandan-Garcia. http://www.myspace.com/PulseSF

Colette Ikemi is Japantown’s legendary diva who has performed with bands Hiroshima and Pulse. She has a truly soulful and romantic style of singing. Colette is a local favorite jazz/R&B singer who continues to perform at many community events such as the Cherry Blossom Festivals and Nihonmachi Street Fairs. http://www.ColetteIkemi.com

An AWS former resident says it best, “Since the first day I moved to AWS my world has turned from darkness, paranoia, and fear into a better life. No longer do my children and I have to cry. Now the three of us have only smiles, music, and laughter. We have learned more about human rights, law, communal living, and language.  We have a second chance in life.”

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to buy tickets or sponsorships, please call June at 415-271-3290 or email June at AWSdance@yahoo.com.

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