Pratt & Whitney Canada: 15th Annual Les Femmeuses Exhibition A Complete Success!April 30, 2001
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APRIL 30, 2001 - 11:29 EDT
Pratt & Whitney Canada: 15th Annual Les Femmeuses
Exhibition A Complete Success!
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--Pratt & Whitney Canada's annual art exhibition
and sale, Les Femmeuses, marked its 15th anniversary this past
weekend with sales of artworks and T-shirts, as well as donations,
totalling more than $136,000 and 5,400 visitors. This compared
with proceeds of $126,000 and 4,500 visitors last year.
Proceeds from sales will be equally distributed between artists
and seven South Shore shelters for women and children who are
victims of family violence. These shelters include: Carrefour
pour Elle in Longueuil, La Clé sur la Porte in St-Hyacinthe, La
Re-Source in Châteauguay, La Maison Simonne Monet-Chartrand in
Chambly, Maison Hina in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Maison La Source in
Sorel and Pavillon Marguerite de Champlain in St. Hubert.
Les Femmeuses 2001 featured 93 professional women artists in the
visual arts, including well-known names such as Marcelle Ferron,
Sylvia Safdie, and Francine Simonin. Twenty-six new Femmeuses
were introduced this year. Of the 143 artworks exhibited, a total
of 118 were sold, a record in Les Femmeuses' 15-year history.
Since 1988, well-known stand-up comedian Clémence DesRochers has
served as Honorary President of Les Femmeuses, while Lorraine
Pintal, Director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, has been
spokesperson for the event since 1999.
Between 1986 and 2000, Les Femmeuses raised more than $1,240,000
from the sale of nearly 1,100 paintings and 100 prints, as well as
from numerous donations. It gave more than $620,000 to seven
shelters that together helped some 16,200 women and 14,800
children during the same 15-year period. More than 67,200 people
have visited the exhibition over these years. The money given to
the shelters helps them offer lodging, 24-hour/7-days-a-week
telephone service, organize individual and group meetings, and
provide accompaniment to legal proceedings.
"The fact that a company like Pratt & Whitney Canada is involved
in a cause like ours represents more than financial aid - it is a
model social commitment, helping us to deal with the violence
directed at women and children," comments Marlène Poirier,
Director of Carrefour pour Elle, the first beneficiary of Les
Femmeuses in 1986.
"Les Femmeuses is our most important community initiative," notes
Gilles Ouimet, P&WC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We
are pleased to say that it makes a significant contribution to the
cause of women and children who are victims of family violence."
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