Chinese Cambodian New Year's Party planned

Women 4 Women Ohio (W4WO) will present a Chinese Cambodian New Year's Party Feb. 8 in downtown Kent at the 157 Lounge, a new martini bar operated by co-managers Jeff and Matt Guska. The $30 reservation fee covers two drinks and an array of Asian appetizers.

Inspired by the book "Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," written by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, W4WO is dedicated to supporting girls and women in under-developed countries through education. The group has been raising money to support scholarships for high school and university-bound girls in Cambodia who would otherwise be unable to attend school.

Members of the Women 4 Women Ohio group are Sharon Irwin, Fran Got, Janet Dix and Suzanne Frank, all of Kent; Ruth Andrews of Hudson; Judy Hirschman of Stow; and Nancy Docherty and Helen Gregory, both of Streetsboro.

Women 4 Women Ohio is a chapter of Friendship with Cambodia, a nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Ore., that has a history of participation in worthy causes in Cambodia. It directs funds to Cambodian organizations that screen the scholarship applicants and provide reports on their progress. With this new arrangement, donations to W4WO are now tax-deductible.

The Chinese/Cambodian New Year's Party, slated for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lounge, 157 S. Water St. in Kent, is open to the public. To register, send a check for $30 per person, made out to W4WO, to P.O. Box 1413, Kent, OH 44240.

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