LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women (and men) together in their communities, will be hosted by the Lunaluvs on behalf of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St.

The 14th annual national touring film festival celebrates women while welcoming men to enjoy its films, as well. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. One of the most moving stories this year is about a young Muslim girl who wants desperately to become a cheerleader at her American high school.

There will be raffles for prizes including gift certificates for meals at some of the best local restaurants. This event is made possible by the generous support of Stanley Subaru, Coyote Moon and author Roberta Kuriloff as corporate sponsors; and eight additional business sponsors.

Tickets are $20 at the door or through the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center in Bangor. The evening’s proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Fund and MWWHC, the only private, nonprofit freestanding feminist health center in Maine and one of fewer than 20 in the United States.  It offers comprehensive women’s health care delivery and self-empowerment so that women are equal members of their own health care team and have a friend in the process, not just a provider.

Thus far, LUNAFEST, created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $656,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and more than $1,250,000 for other women’s nonprofit organizations. A showing in Bucksport in April was very well received by all who attended. This will be the last local showing for 2015. For more information, call Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center at 947-5337.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com