A Benefit for Purse of Hope

Society for Arts in Chicago was the venue to gather, raise money, and celebrate Purse of Hope.  Guests arrived and checked-in while sipping drinks and indulging in a variety of passed hor d’ oeuvres.  A silent auction was tastefully arranged in the back of the gallery that included artwork, Blackhawk tickets, and a girls spa day. Tables were decorated with purple and white linens and pink and lime green flowers that twinkled through the vases and tea lights. Wine glasses with elegantly wrapped tea cookies welcomed each guest at their seat. Live music was played throughout the evening and added to a relaxing and elegant evening. A photo booth provided by Photo Booth Express  from Schaumburg was present and busy taking pictures of guests throughout the evening. Guests were also able to take copies home on the spot and were encouraged to download digital copies for free online the following week.

The benefit of all of this coordination and fundraising are young girls and women in Uganda who are forced into human trafficking. According to Purse of Hope (2011), the average age of victims is 11-14 years old, with 80% female victims, and of those, 70% of the victims are females trafficked into the commercial sex industry.  Through the research efforts and involvement by Purse of Hope, they report that human trafficking is the second largest criminal worldwide reaching $32 billion annually.

This was an encouraging evening supporting the Purse of Hope and their efforts towards changing the world, one girl or woman at a time. This event was a spectacular example of what can be accomplished with a few willing and committed participants. For more information on Purse of Hope go to www.purseofhope.org.

Purse of Hope “provides aftercare for young girls in Uganda who are victims of human trafficking. In this war-torn, poverty-stricken nation, a generation of destitute young women have suffered tragically from sexual exploitation and abuse. P.O.H has been working since 2008 to provide therapy, job training and a place of respite to help these girls build better lives” (Purse of Hope, 2011). For more information on Purse of Hope you can go to www.purseofhope.org.

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