For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY --
The first Glimmer of Hope gala to benefit Redeem The Shadows, a nonprofit dedicated to combatting human trafficking and modern-day slavery in the U.S., took place Nov. 15.
One hundred and fifty guests witnessed the live testimony of human trafficking survivor Allison Good, the inspiring words of Sheriff -elect William Snyder, silent and live auctions, a ballet performance, photo booth and more. The event raised nearly $10,000.
"It truly was a special evening thanks to our board of directors, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, performers and guests," said Noel Thomas, executive director of Redeem The Shadows.
"Our team put together an educational and fun event to raise awareness about human trafficking and to inspire our guests to take action."
The evening kicked off with guests enjoying spirits from Bottoms Up Beverage and bites provided by Mrs. Peter's Smokehouse & Catering Company. Treasure Coast Confections donated a variety of cupcakes. Guests struck poses in the photo booth using props for their keepsake photos and bid on silent auction packages that featured vacation packages, jewelry and more.
Musical entertainment was provided by Captain Ron. The evening ended with a live auction.
Kristen Thomas and Tiffany Teate wowed gala attendees with a heartfelt dance performance specially created to depict the atrocities of human trafficking.
Sheriff-elect Snyder spoke of his involvement with human trafficking legislation in Florida and how the community can help prevent this from happening in the Treasure Coast.
The highlight of the evening was when Ms. Good, a survivor of human trafficking, took the stage. There were few dry eyes as she shared her tragic experience as a victim and the glimmer of hope that delivered her to a happy and healthy life as a survivor. Her key message was to take action, do something about human trafficking.
Redeem The Shadows is a faith-based, nonprofit organization committed to caring for victims of human trafficking and ending child slavery in the United States.
Based in Stuart, Redeem The Shadows combats modern-day slavery on a local and national level through awareness, prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of its victims.
For more information, call (772) 678-0037 or visit www.RedeemTheShadows.org.