The Come Up: The Heroine Hijack

The Come Up features the happenings in town where we plan to get down.

On Saturday, October 6, from 6-9 p.m., the Ukrainian-American Civic Center will play host to Heroine Hijack, a multi-genre arts presentation and fundraiser celebrating women artists in Buffalo. This inaugural event aims to highlight local poets, comedians, and artists, and will be welcoming several business owners and community leaders to speak with attendees throughout the evening.

“I wanted to figure out a way to celebrate all women talent while benefiting the community at large,” said organizer Sara Ali. “After brainstorming ideas while talking to a local poet, I thought a great way to honor women in the arts would be through a one-night extravaganza featuring all women talent.”

In order to see her vision off the ground, Ali teamed up with Jessica Doktor, venue organizer and president for the Ukrainian-American Civic Center. Doktor is the first full-term female president of the organization in the club’s 100-year history. “This club came about with the mission to assist immigrants from the Ukraine, helping them to adjust and meet with others once coming to the United States,” Doktor said.

A volunteer at Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse (RAHAMA), an organization “founded on Islamic principles dedicated to eliminating domestic violence through support, collaboration, and education,” Ali said she wanted to “step up her volunteering game financially,” but could not do so alone. In order to fulfill this mission, Ali is asking for a suggested $5-$10 entry donation, with all proceeds going towards RAHAMA.

“Sara selflessly wanted to do this, making sure all the money went to her cause,” Doktor said. “She needed a venue. Personally, many years back I was a victim of domestic violence. Now I live a happy life without it, and I want to do the same for others in any way I can help.”

After speaking with Ali about her desire to bring forth women artists in Buffalo and raise funds for a great cause at the same time, Doktor approached the UACC board, asking if they would be willing to donate the hall for the event. Unanimously, they agreed.

Heroine Hijack will feature poets Megan Kemple, Marielle Smith, Rachelle Toarmino, and Bianca L. McGraw; comedians Jamie Travale and Allie Brady; artists Tara Bystran Sasiadek and Bianca L. McGraw; and an appearance by Kat 13 and Leslie Jean, the hosts of the new true crime and paranormal podcast, “Living Dead Girls.” In addition, local business owners, community leaders, and vendors will be on hand to meet with attendees.

A 5K Walk-A-Thon to benefit RAHAMA is scheduled for the following Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m., at Isle View Park Tribute Garden.

HEROINE HIJACK, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 at the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, 205 Military Rd., Buffalo. $5-$10 suggested donation; all proceeds to benefit RAHAMA.