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A Clam Jam fundraiser

By Staff | Feb 27, 2015

The Blue Moon Cafe will play host to the annual “Clam Jam” fundraising concert tonight, Friday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

Organizer and Blue Moon staff member, Ashley Hoffman said this year’s event will again serve as a platform for female musicians around the region.

“Cassiraye,” of Shepherdstown, “Lilac Daze” of Frederick Maryland and “Cheshi,” also of Frederick, are all scheduled to perform individual sets for the show.

All money collected at the event will be donated to local nonprofit, the Shenandoah Women’s Center.

The womens center, which is located in downtown Martinsburg, with outreach offices in Charles Town and Berkeley Springs, provides shelter and assistance to women who are victim to domestic abuse and sexual assault.

the SWC provides consoling services and comprehensive resources for women in need.

Hoffman described it as the only local “safe haven,” for victims

“The women’s center is a really important asset in the community,” she said.

She said the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse and its impact on families, makes the center an especially necessary resource for women in trouble.

The SWC is funded in part by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies as well as by private donations and provides women with things like grocery gift cards, clothing vouchers and cell phone minute cards.

Hoffman has set a $500 goal for tonight’s Clam Jam event, after raising approximately that much last year.

She said Clam Jam is being held this year despite the absence of its usual companion programming.

Hoffman, who has organized the event for the past five years, explained that Clam Jam was created to be held in conjunction with Shepherd University’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s famous play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

Traditionally “The Vagina Monologues,” is performed on “V-Day,” as part of what has become a global movement to end domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.

In the past, the university’s production of vagina monologues has raised thousands of dollars for the Shenandoah Women’s Center.

Hoffman said a “v-week,” series of events is generally held leading up to the university’s performances but this year no “Monologues,” production was planned.

Regardless, she said the Clam Jam show will go on.

“They would’ve received several thousand dollars from the group’s performance so this isn’t as much money, but it’s something.” she said.

Doors for tonight’s show open at 9 p.m. at the Blue Moon Cafe, located at 200 E High street. Music will begin at 9:30. Cost for the show is $5 at the door. More info about the show can be found by visiting the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1557630181162198.