From changing legislation to utilizing media for prevention and education, the lives of these heroes will leave a lasting mark.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
The Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner & Gala will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the Great Room at the W Hotel in Hollywood, California. Anti-human trafficking organization, Unlikely Heroes, will be honoring internationally-known abolitionists for their outstanding efforts to end modern-day slavery. This monumental event will feature celebrity guests, three courses of world-class cuisine, powerful speeches, silent auction featuring inspired art, and incredible live performances by ten-time Grammy Award winning recording artist Babyface, as well as Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga), Paul McDonald (American Idol), Brenna Whittaker (Verve/Universal), and more.
Unlikely Heroes is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to rescue, restore and rehabilitate child victims of sex slavery worldwide. Funds raised during the Recognizing Heroes awards dinner and gala will support Unlikely Heroes’ programs & services like the Restoration Care Program that provides shelter, medical care, education & therapeutic treatment services to children rescued out of sex slavery in the Philippines, Mexico, and Thailand.
Unlikely Heroes will present Hero Awards to 5 incredible anti-human trafficking activists for their outstanding achievements to end human rights violations worldwide. The organization will also be presenting Legacy Awards to admirable philanthropists who have made significant contributions to Unlikely Heroes and have made it possible for Unlikely Heroes to help rescue and restore child victims of sex slavery worldwide.
Hero Award Honorees include:
AnnaLynne McCord - Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate, Philanthropist & Star of CW’s “90210”
Benjamin Nolot - Director of Human Trafficking Documentary, “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” & Founder of Anti-Human Trafficking Organization, Exodus Cry
Ima Matul - Human Trafficking Survivor & Survivor Organizer for the Anti-Human Trafficking Organization, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Rebecca Bender - Human Trafficking Survivor & Author of “Roadmap to Redemption”
Rosi Orozco - Former Mexican Congresswoman & President of the Commission Against Human Trafficking
Legacy Award Honorees include:
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes - Comedian, Actress, Philanthropist
Manwell Reyes - Singer/songwriter, Philanthropist
Gary & Janet Greve - Former Executive, Philanthropist
David & Mary Berck - Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Katie Cazorla - TV Host, Entrepreneur, Comedian, Philanthropist
Walter Afanasieff - Grammy Award Winning Composer & Songwriter, Philanthropist
“The contributions these individuals have made to the movement to abolish modern-day slavery have impacted millions," says Unlikely Heroes Founder, Erica Greve, MSW. “From changing legislation to utilizing media for prevention and education, the lives of these heroes will leave a lasting mark."
Former Congresswoman of Mexico, Rosi Orozco, will serve as the keynote speaker and will address more than 300 supporters who will gather to honor modern-day abolitionists whose efforts to end human trafficking have improved societies around the world. Orozco currently serves as the President of the Commission Against Human Trafficking. There will also be an address by the Unlikely Heroes’ Founder & Executive Director, Erica Greve, MSW. Awards will be presented by one of Unlikely Heroes’ celebrity ambassadors, Francia Raisa, author/speaker Toure Roberts and Unlikely Heroes’ Director of Outreach, Ben Decker.
About Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and restoration of child victims of sex slavery worldwide. To date, Unlikely Heroes has rescued more than 30 children out of sex slavery in the Philippines and currently provides residential restoration care services to more than 30 children rescued out of sex slavery in The Philippines, Mexico and Thailand. Unlikely Heroes also provides mass education, prevention and awareness training on child sex slavery. Through their awareness and prevention campaigns, their teams have trained over 20,000 people in seven nations on the issue of human trafficking and how to respond.