Experience a taste of London right here in San Miguel

By Terri Peterson

What do London and San Miguel have in common? Lots more than you might think. Mujeres en Cambio invites you to join volunteers and friends for a taste of London at our upcoming English Tea extravaganza.

Don your most outlandish hat, add a strand of pearls or some “royal jewels” to celebrate the Queen’s anniversary. Come as your favorite Olympic champion in honor of this year”s medal winners. Or, wear your slinkiest outfit and stilettos ala Marilyn Monroe. Sounds a tad bit over-the-top, you say? Not so here in San Miguel where everyone can reinvent themselves.

Most importantly, you”ll be reinventing the life of a young woman in search of education. Proceeds from our fabulous tea and film event at the Pocket Theater will provide a year”s scholarship for a deserving campo student who might otherwise have to drop out of school.

Enjoy the ambiance of San Miguel”s plush Pocket Theater with friends and members of Mujeres en Cambio. We”ll view the intriguing 2011 biographical drama, “My Week With Marilyn,” starring award-winning actress Michelle Williams. The film depicts an intimate, layered portrayal of Marilyn Monroe while she was in London for the making of the film The Prince and the Showgirl.

A proper English tea will be served after the screening. Sweet and savory treats, including a wide assortment of scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones and a fantastic array of decadent desserts will be accompanied by tea (of course). Coffee and a cash bar for wine will also be available.

Learn more about Mujeres en Cambio”s 17 years of dedicated service committed to empowering the lives of rural Mexican women. Specifically, more than 97 percent of our event proceeds go directly toward providing education scholarships, which transform the lives of 150 young women each year. As a Mujeres supporter or volunteer you too can impact a girl”s ability to help herself, her family and her community.

Tickets are 150 pesos, and must be purchased in advance at La Conexion (Aldama 3), or Solutions (Mesones 57). For more information, contact Arlene Krasner (arlenekrasner@yahoo.com), or check our website- www.mujeresencambio.org. BOX For the Mujeres en Cambio “Fast Facts” box (usually done with a different colored background) Objective: To help rural young Mexican women gain an education and thus foster their self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and self-respect. Members: Entirely composed of volunteers, the membership plans and organizes fundraising events to provide educational scholarships. Scholarships: We currently support 150 students, promising young women recommended by their schools” principals and teachers. Continued receipt of a scholarship is dependent upon maintaining good grades. Annual high school scholarships are US $275. College students receive US $1000 annually. Finances: We raise and pay out approximately US $75,000 per year. Administrative costs are nearly zero since most are funded by members and interest made on cash deposits. Legal status: We are a legally established non-profit organization under Mexican law. US tax-deductible donations may be made through “San Miguel Community Foundation”. Information: Please visit www.mujeresencombio.org

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