'Jump the Broom' music, dance fundraiser is slated for Oct. 5

Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2008

There will be a "Jump the Broom" fundraising celebration of love, acceptance and equality for all held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

DJ Ms. G will provide music for dancing, and Sharon Gaiptman and Peter Freer will host a Newly-Oddly-Wed game. Amy Dressel, from The Creating Place, will host a creativity table where attendees can create personal artwork for love and acceptance. Wedding costume wear is optional, and participants should bring an appetizer to share. There will be a no-host bar.

The event will include "broom jumping," an ancient custom used in Africa, Wales and in the United States by African Americans, gypsies and others historically not allowed to legally marry. A couple who jumped the broom in a ceremony witnessed by their community were considered married.

This event is pay as you can. All proceeds go to Equal for All to help keep marriage legal and equal for all in California. To donate, visit www.equalityforall.com.

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