Utah Fundraiser Helps Head First Development Raise Thousands of Dollars to Fight Sex Trafficking in India

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Head First Development is a grassroots, nonprofit organization providing help for sex workers and those at risk of becoming sex workers in India.

Flyer Smiles sponsored a recent fundraiser in Utah for a nonprofit organization fighting to end sex trafficking in India.

[Long] and his family have helped those in need in India for three generations now.

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On Oct. 25, Head First Development held its second annual Give Hope charity fundraiser from which proceeds were raised to stop sex trafficking in Calcutta, India. At this year’s event, several local restaurants including Bombay House, Caffe Molise, The Farm, Red Iguana, Tin Angel, Oasis Café and Nothing Bundt Cakes showed off a range of small dishes.

Three local acts entertained the crowd and officials gave away a plethora of raffle prizes.

The grand raffle prize, two round trip tickets to India and seven days of volunteering and sightseeing, was indeed extravagant for this level of event. Head First Development Director Mark Long said “there is no way that we could have had such a successful fundraising raffle without the help of dozens of local companies and artists, but Flyer Smiles donating the India trip was more than we could have expected.”

According to Flyer Smiles CEO Tim Gibson, "[Long] and his family have helped those in need in India for three generations now. ... We are happy to help them save up to 50 percent off their flight costs by helping facilitate the donation of frequent flier miles as well as helping them redeem them for the most cost effective flights."

Meanwhile, Pierpont Place made for an enjoyable warehouse atmosphere and the crowd enjoyed the lively ambience and a fun party, all on behalf of the progressive Project Hope.

“We could not have been able to pull this off without the marketing and production of the event provided by Sawgrass Shack,” Long said.

Sawgrass Shack President Michael Gray added that “the mission and passion” of his company is to help organizations such as Head First with their marketing needs while assisting children around the world. Gray worked with PRMarketing.com to promote the event.

Head First Development plans to continue the event in 2013, with details slated to be announced this spring. Please visit HeadFirstDevelopment.org or Head First Development's Facebook page for information about future events.

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