RVCC to Host Magic Show Saturday to Benefit Liberian Children

The public is invited to attend “More Than Magic,” a magic show at Raritan Valley Community College on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m., to benefit the More Than Me Foundation.

Founded by RVCC alumna Katie Meyler, More Than Me provides educational opportunities for girls living in Liberia. The College is partnering with the Magicians of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 200 for the event, which is being hosted by RVCC’s Student Government Association and the Student Life Activities and Planning Board.

The 90-minute, family-friendly show will be held in the Welpe Theatre at the College’s Branchburg Campus.

The program will feature award-winning performances from some of New Jersey’s finest magical entertainers. RVCC Student Government Vice-President Conrad Colon will act as Master of Ceremonies for the show, which will include hilarious comedy, grand illusion, and audience participation.

The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 200’s parenting organization, is the world's largest organization dedicated to the art of magic. It has members in 88 countries, and since 1922 its official publication, The Linking Ring, has been read monthly by magicians around the world. Globally there are over 300 I.B.M Rings worldwide, boasting nearly 11,000 members. To learn more about IBM Ring 200 and its magic, visit the group’s Facebook fan page or email IBMRing200@gmail.com.

Katie Meyler, a Time magazine Person of the Year, founded More Than Me (MTM) in 2009 to create educational opportunities for girls living in Liberia. In 2013, MTM opened the More Than Me Academy for 124 girls, and completed a full school year when Ebola struck. Realizing that as long as there is Ebola in Liberia, their girls were at risk, MTM joined the fight against Ebola. They fought with every ounce of their being to bring Ebola to an end. With the Ebola epidemic now under control, MTM re-opened its doors in March for 150 students, 40 of whom have been orphaned or abandoned by Ebola.

More Than Me gets girls off the streets and into school in one of the poorest slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. MTM works with community leaders to identify the girls who are at the highest risk of being sexually exploited to ensure that education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, defines their lives. To learn more, go to morethanme.org or follow MTM on Facebook and Twitter.

Seating for the magic show is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $8 for students. Children under four will be admitted free of charge if they sit on someone’s lap.

For additional information, contact the RVCC Student Government Association at SGA@raritanval.edu or Conrad Colon at 908-644-4473 or TheMagicOfConrad@gmail.com.

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