4/20/2011, 12:57 a.m.
Nights of Inspiration … Teen Voices celebrated 20 years of girls...
Teen Voices celebrated 20 years of girls speaking truth to power at the fifth annual AMPLIFY! fundraiser April 14 at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. Among the attendees were (from l to r) Teen Voices Board Director Lisa Lewis and her husband John Lewis, along with keynote speaker Donna Brazile, DNC interim chairwoman and author of the best-selling book “Cooking with Grease:  Stirring the Pots in American Politics.” Colette Greenstein

Jaden’s Ladder Co-founder and Program Director Oneta Bobbett was absolutely dazzling in a white Herve Leger dress. Most importantly, Bobbett (who is a survivor of domestic violence) was again, I have to say it, inspirational as she spoke about the importance of the organization and how it has changed and saved the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Proceeds from the event enable Jaden’s Ladder to help families to break the cycle of domestic violence. The organization assists families in Georgia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire by providing life-enhancing programs and support that build confidence and foster reliance. The live auction alone raised more than $50,000 for the organization. Congratulations to Bobbett and all the volunteers on a spectacular event that raised an estimated $150,000!

Coming Up …

Tonight, April 21, Grammy Award winners Boyz II Men perform at The Wilbur Theatre.

Also tonight, “Share A Laugh” with comedian Wendy Liebman and Friends perform at The Somerville Theatre to benefit Community Works at 8 p.m.

The Wilbur Theatre presents Cedric The Entertainer for two shows this Friday, April 22.

PEACE BOSTON presents the play “Hip Hop 9.1.1.,” featuring Ebony and the Ghosts of hip hop past, present and future at Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center on Saturday, April 23.

On Tuesday, April 26, former Black Star member Talib Kweli hits the Paradise Rock Club at 8 p.m.

The Roxbury International Film Festival presents the New England premiere of the romantic comedy “35 and Ticking” on April 28 at the Stuart Street Playhouse.

Mattapan Community Health Center’s Rock the Boat 15 takes place on Saturday, April 30 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

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