Stroller Strides hosts a film fest for Advocate Safehouse |

Stroller Strides hosts a film fest for Advocate Safehouse

Nonprofit spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ten short films by women filmmakers are featured in the LUNAFEST: Short Films By … For … About Women. The film festival will be hosted by Stroller Strides/Roaring Fork Valley at the CRMS Campus Barn for two presentations Saturday, March 21.

The films highlight women as leaders in society and range from animation to fictional drama. Topics cover women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers.

Proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund. Last year’s LUNAFEST in Carbondale raised more than $8,000 for the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund.

“LUNAFEST is a wonderful way to celebrate women and humankind,” said Julie Olson, executive director of Advocate Safehouse Project. “The international short films vary in time and topics such as the meaning of family, girls on a wrestling team, a tour of a mannequin factory and more. The topics are very diverse. Some of the films will make you laugh, ponder or cry. LUNAFEST is absolutely an entertaining and wonderful event for women and men.”

One hundred twenty-five people attended LUNAFEST in 2008, the first year The Advocate Safehouse Project and Stroller Strides collaborated on the event. Organizers hope more people watch the wide variety of films offered this year.

“We would really like to give the community a fun and fairly inexpensive entertainment while still supporting the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund,” Olson concluded.

Stroller Strides national franchises are partners with LUNA Bars, a national company that supports women’s and children’s issues.

When L.A. Bailey of Carbondale was just getting her Stroller Strides franchise off the ground, she viewed some of the LUNAFEST films. She realized this was a fundraiser she could get excited about, and when she attended a Glenwood Businesswomen’s meeting on Halloween 2007, Olson’s topic of relationship abuse made a real impact on her. At the end of the meeting, Bailey knew the Advocate Safehouse Project would be the recipient of LUNAFEST’s efforts.

Olson and Bailey met a few weeks later, after Olson ran the idea by her board of directors. The two women worked together, and the event was a success. Of all the Stroller Strides franchisees who sponsored a LUNAFEST, some in major metropolitan areas, the Carbondale LUNAFEST made the most profit.

Stroller Strides is a fitness program for moms with their babies. Moms get a great workout, have their babies with them, and no day care is involved. For more about Stroller Strides, call 948-2671.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is a member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with local nonprofit news or inspirations, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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