The Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund's 4th Annual Triathlon!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain
Whether you're a captain or a fan/supporter, we're thrilled to have you! The money you raise will have a direct impact on the lives of our callers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you? The EMA Fund provides people with financial counseling and with money for their abortions. We negotiate with abortion providers for discounts, and we help our callers pay for bus or train tickets, childcare, and translation services. We know that if you don’t have money, abortion might as well be illegal. For us, access to abortion is a matter of social justice, reproductive justice, economic justice, fairness, and human rights. The money you raise will help us keep those choices open and will have a direct impact on our callers' lives.
What is an EMA Triathlon? It's a fun way to raise a lot of money to ensure that the EMA Fund can continue to help people in eastern Massachusetts pay for abortions. Our "Triathlon" includes Wii Bowling, karaoke, and board games. The event also features a raffle with some truly fantastic prizes. Get ready for an evening of awesome.
How do I donate? Click on "Support a Bowler" (in our case, really a "Triathlete") and choose a participant or team to make a donation to and check out their personal fundraising page. Don't have a specific Triathlete you want to support? You can a) pick anyone, the money's all going to EMA! or b) click "Donate to the Event" to the left and make a general donation.
Will my donation be tax-deductible? Yes! The EMA Fund is a 501(c)3 organization, so all your donations will be tax-deductible.
Can I make or accept an offline donation? Sure! Keep track of any checks or other offline donations with this pledge form.
Can I participate even if I can't come to the event? Yes! While we'd love to have you, donors and even Triathletes aren't required to come to the event. Please don't let your busy schedule or geographic distance keep you from supporting EMA!
The site seems to be geared towards a “Bowl-a-thon.” What’s up with that? Despite our efforts, almost no bowling alley would host the EMA Fund! Some said that they didn't host groups who dealt with "controversial issues;" some refused us because of concerns over threats our group might pose to their "family business;" and one manager at a Cambridge bowling alley refused to host the EMA Fund because "I'm Catholic and I could never support a fundraiser for abortion." This reality is devastating! But it is also reason to charge forth to stand up for the work that we do, and to ensure that our callers don't get turned away like we were!
We promise that it'll be a fundraiser like no other! We'll be there with you every step of the way--fundraising, giving you helpful tips, encouraging you, and celebrating at a great event together.
There is nothing too small that you can do! Let's make this event a success!
P.S. Anyone who donates will get a little confirmation email thanking that person for donating to the “Bowl-a-Thon.” With the above explanation in mind, we weren't able to tailor our receipts to “triathlon” since we’re using a nationally-based site. We’ll still get the donations and appreciate your help.
Amazing prizes have started to come in for the raffle already! We will continue to update this site as more donations are confirmed. Triathletes receive raffle tickets as a thank you (1 ticket per $100 raised), and everyone who is at the event can buy additional tickets.
Lizz Winstead, As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news. But she wasn’t just behind the scenes.
As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow. Known as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead is currently touring the country, bringing her razor sharp insights to the stage selling out shows from LA to NYC. She is now working on her new project called Lady Parts Justice, a national movement focused on using humor and outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating LOCAL politicians in 2014 and beyond. And she wants to talk to you!
In this exclusive prize package you will the opportunity to have a one on one 20-minuet skype session with Liz to talk about anything you like!
was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective. Both unabashed in its love for the guilty pleasures of consumer culture and deeply thoughtful about the way the pop landscape reflects and impacts women's lives, Bitch grew to be a popular, full-scale magazine with a readership that stretched worldwide. Their donation of a signed copy of BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
(plus a 1-year subscription to the magazine itself!) offers an assortment of the most provocative essays, reporting, rants, and raves from the magazine's first ten years, along with new pieces written especially for the collection. It's a recent history of feminist pop-culture critique and an arrow toward feminism's future.
Magician Eric Benton
wants to bring a little magic to your life! This prize is for one free 30 minute long family magic show. It's great for ages 4 and up and groups of 40 people max. It's full of amazing magic, crowd participation, and family fun worth $300. It can be any day/time within the Boston Metro Area!
Good Vibrations was
founded in 1977 by sex therapist and educator Joani Blank as "the second such women-oriented sex toy shop in the country." Initially established with the goal of being a sex-positive and woman-centered alternative to the 'adult' bookstores of the time, Good Vibrations offers sex information and education, featured erotica and books about sexual health and pleasure, and pioneered the concept of the "sex-positive, clean, well-lighted place" to buy sex toys. They have generously donated a $100 gift card as well as some playful cuffs
in this amazing $175 value hot hot raffle package!
donated two signed copies of Crow After Roe: How "Separate But Equal" Has Become the New Standard In Women's Health And How We Can Change That
, which she co-authored with Jessica Pieklo. The book examines eleven states that since 2010 have each passed a different anti-abortion or anti-women's health law explicitly written to provoke a repeal of Roe v. Wade. The chilling effect of these laws has been to establish a reproductive health care system in these states that makes abortion legal in name only, and which places women--especially poor, rural, or those of color--into a separate health care class, with few choices or control.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
, widely regarded as one of New England’s most beloved cultural landmarks, is one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. You and 5 friends and come enjoy this amazing theater with this 6 free pass package from Coolidge Corner Theater!
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
wants you to see their amazing collection with 2 free passes
! The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. Their goal is to present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences
Yoga instructor Dan Steel
has donated three private
yoga sessions--a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your yoga practice!
We have a stunning piece of fine jewelry from a private anonymous donor. This beautiful plated copper floral necklace is the perfect piece to start spring off on a glamorous foot. This prize comes on a wax rope cord and has a center filled with real diamond shaving. The retail value is approximately $150 and can add a little glamour to any look!
Miriam Zoila Perez
donated a signed copy of The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support.
It's a 52 page political primer that addresses the political context of supporting people during pregnancy and childbirth. The guide provides an introduction to full spectrum doula work—supporting people during all phases of pregnancy, including abortion, miscarriage, birth and adoption—as well as a discussion of how issues like race, class, immigration, gender and more affect our work as doulas. Come learn about being a Radical Doula with this signed copy!
From Kateri Morton
of urban legend jewelry
, a jewelry package that will help you update your spring wardrobe. Each candy colored piece is crafted with love using vintage plastic beads. An amazing prize with a $68 value.
, Boston's best place for homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt and fresh roasted coffee, wants you to come on in for some free treats with a $15 gift card!
Our Bodies Ourselves
(aka the Boston Women's Health Book Collective) has donated a copy of the newest edition of their indispensible book on women's health and sexuality
. Hailed by The New York Times as a “feminist classic,” and “America’s bestselling book on women’s health,” the comprehensive guide to all aspects of women’s health and sexuality, including menopause, birth control, childbirth, sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and general well-being. We want you to be in the know and well read with this signed copy of our bodies ourselves!