‘Hombres’ join ‘Mujeres’ in annual fundraiser

The Mujeres de Maiz (Women of Corn) Opportunity Foundation welcomes High Divide plus Bill and Rudy, who will perform in the fifth annual Men With Guitars concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door with a suggested donation of $15.

Featuring popular music from the 1950s-1970s, these performances raise funds for the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation.

The concert features two duos this year. The first, High Divide, consists of Forrest Gilchrist and Kevin Munro. Both Sequim High School graduates, they have been playing music together for over a decade and just finished their debut album.

The second duo, Bill and Rudy, features Bill Tiderman and Rudy Maxion from Port Angeles. They perform sing-along, rock and roll, and popular music from the 1950s-1970s.

The foundation supports education for indigenous women in a weaving cooperative centered in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, serving women in 10 communities. It provides scholarships, literacy programs, children’s Saturday enrichment programs, laptops to communities, workshops, eye exams and glasses, and toothbrushes.

Indigenous women face racism, sexism and poverty on a daily basis and educational opportunities are few and far between.

“We’re a grassroots organization,” says founder Judith Pasco, a retired Sequim High School Spanish teacher. “Education is a life-changing, empowering opportunity — one that these women usually are denied. A night of music is a great way to celebrate this connection and support our efforts.”

Mujeres is in its 12th year and the board of directors are Sequim residents Cathy Van Ruhan, Steve Gilchrist, Martha Rudersdorf and Pasco. Port Angeles resident Molly Rivard also serves on the board, as does Linda Finch, who taught in Sequim for 37 years and now resides in Bellingham.

For more information, go to http://www.mujeresdemaizof.org/ or visit them on Facebook.