2ND ANNUAL VIVA LA MUJER: HONORING THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN EVENT: We are pleased to announce that our 2nd Annual Viva La Mujer event was a huge success! This year’s event was a concert and dance party that once again held at the historic Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville, Florida. The event featured the amazing 12-piece Umoja Orchestra and Colombian-American singer/songwriter Marce and her band. As with last year’s event, we had information tables for BRIDGES and other local activist organizations, focusing particularly on groups that deal with women’s issues. We were also successful in selling many Fair Trade crafts as well as refreshments including Fair Trade organic coffee, homemade hot chocolate and cider, food donated by local independent businesses, and many items from a bake sale put together by our BABUF student group. In between our musical performers we presented a slideshow on BRIDGES’ work in Latin America, a raffle and our famous “The Rock” awards presentation to local women who exemplify the rock-steady dedication that is needed to make powerful, positive social change. We hope you will join us next year!