The Asbury Park Women’s Convention: A Day of Politics and Comedy is set to be both educational and entertaining.
The nonpartisan event, set for Sat., Feb. 24 aims to look at issues that affect women across party lines in an engaging and realistic manner.
The APWC will address issues such as: Equal Pay, Women’s Healthcare, and Sexual Violence. The event boasts a full and entertaining day, with food available from local woman-owned businesses.
According to a release from organizers, “The state-wide buzz for the APWC has been taken to a new level as panel participants, comedians, and speakers are now being announced.”
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Former Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey are just a few of the political power women who will be making appearances.
A special award will be given to superstar Freeholder Ashley Bennett, who recently appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.
Rounding up some of the entertainment will be renowned transgender comedian Julia Scotti, a favorite from America’s Got Talent, as well as local musicians. The organizers boast that “a very special surprise guest” will also make an appearance.
Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said, “I am absolutely humbled by the diverse turn out of exceptional women who will be taking time to share their stories with us.”
Organizer and comedian Jess Alaimo says, “I think the fact that we originally sold out in two days is indicative of where we’re at as a society. Women are ready to stand up for equality and justice. This event will give us the confidence and guidance necessary to move forward fearlessly in these endeavors.”
Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton said the day will be both serious and fun.
“There are a myriad of issues that affect us and it is time we determine our destinies. That is the impetus behind the Asbury Park Women’s Conference. I invite you to join us. And while we are discussing the heavy issues; we are also going to make sure we have fun,” she said.
The APWC will also co-host a screening of “Zero Weeks” at 6 pm at The Asbury Hotel. The movie addresses the issue of Paid Leave.
The event is free but registration is limited. Seats can be reserved through the Asbury Park Women’s Convention website. The convention will take place at The Paramount Theatre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $10 online and $15 the day of the event. Students and military (with I.D.) will not be charged admission.
New Jersey Natural Gas is the main sponsor of the event.
Asbury Park Women’s Convention is strictly volunteer-based. Donations are extremely helpful.
Checks can be made out to: Asbury Park Women’s Convention PO Box 713 Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Please see apwomensconvention.com for tickets and more information.