World Relief to host annual gala

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 06:54 PM

A local agency is asking the community to come out and participate in its fundraiser Saturday night.
World Relief of High Point will hold its second annual Stand for Freedom Gala on Saturday at The Lofts at Union Square. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $400 for a table of 10.
The event is designed to bring awareness to and raise funds for the organization’s anti-human trafficking program.
“This is a great opportunity to have a nice dinner and be in a great venue and atmosphere while at the same time knowing that you are having an impact on a great cause,” said Joe McCann, director of church engagement and development
The gala will feature Debbie Dortzbach as the keynote speaker. She is the senior health adviser for World Relief in Baltimore. She has worked with communities across the world to prevent anti-trafficking.
Human trafficking survivor and activist Jillian Mourning also will speak at the gala about her experience as a sex trafficking victim and what led her to become an advocate.
After realizing the need for education, empowerment and liberation for victims of trafficking, Mourning founded an organization, All We Want Is Love, aimed to fight modern day slavery.
“This is a great opportunity for people to learn about the issue of human trafficking as a whole and the fact that slavery still exists in our modern-day culture and in our communities,” McCann said.
There will be musical entertainment by Austin Cooke, a silent auction, and a dance performance by Kevante Tatum, a performer and instructor at Vinmark International Dance Academy.
“Things are coming together very well, and all of the pieces are coming together very well. We are selling a lot of tickets and are encouraging folks to get their tickets soon,” McCann said.
For information call (336) 887-9007.
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