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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Collaboration... Moving Binghamton Forward

What do the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc. (CVAC), the Know TheatreSouthern Tier Aids Program (STAP), Tri-Cities Opera (TCO) have in common?  Other than being several of Binghamton's many community organizations, not very much; until this weekend.  

Each of these very distinct nonprofit organizations joined forces for a common cause. The Crime Victims Assistance Program staged the "The Vagina Monologues" with the generous support of the Know Theatre giving of its space, staff and assistance in getting the word out over all the social media channels.  It was due to this collaborative effort that the both the Friday and Saturday performance played to sold out audiences raising both awareness and much needed funds for CVAC.

STAP and TCO presented a joint fundraising event on Saturday in the form of "Singing with the Stars". It was a night of opera stars, local celebrities and drag queens performing duets on stage in the pursuit of the most votes.  The winning celebrity won a coveted star in the Tri-Cities Opera House restroom 

Of course, these are just two recent examples. Our local government officials and businesses need to take note of these efforts. It is time to put aside political differences and, often times, cutthroat competitiveness to work toward moving Binghamton forward.  If Binghamton moves forward in a positive and constructive manner, we all benefit from it.

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