Thank you for making this year's fundraiser a success!
A sold-out audience of more than 250 guests filled the Bluestone on Wednesday, November 4th for the second annual Unchained Fashion Show benefitting She Has A Name.
Monica Day of Channel 4 news returned for her second year as master of ceremonies. Kelsie Johnson, manager of She Has A Name Cleaning, interviewed Janis Entingh of My Sister's Place and Gina Burris of CATCH Court about the realities of women affected by human trafficking. The stage was also graced by First Lady of Ohio Karen Kasich, who highlighted the scope of trafficking throughout Ohio and the importance advocacy and awareness can play in the lives of those affected.
The capstone of the evening was the presentation of a brand new line from Korto Momolu and Unchained Fashion. The designs included two models walking simultaneously down the runway demonstrating how life circumstances and choices can create two different realities in the lives of young women.
Rachel Figueroa, who returned for her second year as a model for the event, said, "It was powerful to recognize that anyone is susceptible to being pulled into this horrific industry, if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if they aren't given the environment and upbringing needed to shield them from it." Charlotte Schermerhorn also returned for her second year modeling. She said, "learning about the overwhelming issue of human trafficking changes you. I am truly grateful for the experience."
Through generous corporate sponsorships, silent auction donations, corks for a cause wine pull, and ticket sales, the event raised over $34,000. The proceeds will go directly into operational costs for She Has A Name and our Jobs for Life program. “[It was] a moving show that empowered me to continue raising awareness on the struggles and needs of human trafficking victims," said Antonio Armas, who attended the event.
Photo Credits: Stephen Lo