NORMAL in Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about eating disorders, will stage its first gala fundraiser “INSIDE OUT! – Celebrating Inner Beauty through Theatre, Music and Art” Saturday, February 27, at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The benefit will be hosted by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008 and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation for Eating Disorders.
This fun, funky, informal event will feature a mini performance of the off-Broadway musical NORMAL, a silent auction, dance party with music by Swing Nouveau and an art gallery/sale featuring stunning multi-media artwork created by local artists, including patients in recovery. Excerpts from the musical NORMAL will be performed by Kirsten Haglund, the original New York NORMAL team of author Yvonne Adrian, lyricist Cheryl Stern and composer Tom Kochan and the local professional cast of NORMAL. The auction will include an original Cook Customs motorcycle designed by AMD World Champion Dave Cook, original artwork from world renowned artist Yuroz, an original song composed especially for the successful bidder by an Emmy-nominated composer / Broadway lyricist, and exclusive Broadway and professional sports memorabilia.
At the gala, NIS will be honoring former Whitefish Bay resident Mrs. William L. Liebman with the NIS HERO award for her profound leadership gift which enabled NIS to bring its eating disorder awareness program to the National Eating Disorder Annual Conference in San Diego, California in 2007. Accepting the award on behalf of Mrs. Liebman are her daughter, Jeanne (Erdevig) Christiansen, WFBay HS class of 1971, and Circulation Associate at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, and her granddaughter, Sami Christiansen, WFBay HS class of 2002.
NORMAL in Schools (NIS) is a Milwaukee-based national nonprofit arts-and-education organization that brings a hip rock ‘n roll musical (NORMAL), a related curriculum, medical experts and persons in recovery to schools to teach the devastating impact of eating disorders and related issues such as body image, self-esteem and family communication. NIS was founded by Robyn Hussa, who was recently named a recipient of the Champion in Women’s Health Award by Sue Ann Thompson’s Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. NORMAL in Schools is a non-profit that evolved from the profound experience working with Greendale High School originally in 2005.
Proceeds from “INSIDE OUT!” will be used to help NORMAL in Schools deliver its programs and materials to more families. “For every $1,000 we earn, NIS can bring our comprehensive live program into another area school,” said Ms. Hussa. “With more than half of teen girls and almost one-third of teen boys currently engaged in unhealthy weight control behavior, there is a critical need for eating disorder awareness and the kind of support we bring to this vulnerable population,” she added.
While Ms Hussa wants the “INSIDE OUT!” benefit to raise awareness of eating disorders, she said the event itself will be “fabulously fun, relaxed, inspiring and upbeat.” Recommended attire is “informal and funky” to fit the theme of “Celebrating Inner Beauty through Theatre, Music and Art.”
VIP Admission tickets are $150 ($125 if purchased before Feb. 15) for the 5:30 p.m. VIP Reception, which includes an exclusive wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres reception with Miss America and Dave Cook. Tickets are $100 ($75 if purchased before Feb. 15) for the 6:30 p.m. General Admission, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Louisa’s Restaurant.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.normalinschools.org, by phone at 414-732-0535 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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