The Salvation Army Joins Fashion Hope in Fight against Sex Trafficking

Jul 20, 2011 05:44 AM EDT

Vancouver, British Columbia | July 19, 2011 — Fashion Hope and Luvngrace Productions are joining forces with The Salvation Army for the July 23 MAZZUCCO Photo / Art Exhibit and fundraiser in working towards building awareness of human sexual trafficking and the fight against it.

Proceeds from the Sascha Mazzucco photo exhibit and silent auction ‐ included is an original painting donated by Raphael Mazzucco as well as original pieces donated by seven top Canadian fashion designers: Leone Fashion, Danier, Malene Grotrian, Lava and Kush, Jacqueline Conoir, and Bun ‐ will go towards supporting this cause.

Specifically speaking to this issue is The Salvation Army's Deborah’s Gate ministry which works in collaboration with existing community resources equipped to provide confidential, professional and culturally sensitive services in law enforcement, immigration, legal counsel, income assistance, counseling services, medical needs, addiction services, and translation services.

“We are excited to support such a solid organization in Vancouver. It is important to us to see local investment in a local, Canadian organization,” commented Fashion Hope CEO, Marc Palmer. “Deborah’s Gate provides not only desperately needed care and services to exploited women, it is also a model of inter‐organizational cooperation that we can all learn from.” Other participating non‐profits include, Compasio International and SexTrade 101.

The Mazzucco Photo & Art Exhibit takes place July 23rd at Sugar Studios, 1635 Powell Street. The $100 ticket includes admission to the exhibit and auction, a glass of champagne and appetizers. Ticket cost and donations are tax deductible. A limited number of tickets are available at or by calling 604.374.5610

About Fashion Hope:

Fashion Hope has as its mission, to build awareness and raise funds to help rescue and rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking globally while partnering with select anti‐trafficking organizations around the world that are working to help those who are hurting and in need of compassion. With fundraising primarily tailored to the fashion community, Fashion Hope works with industry professionals and volunteers to get the right resources into the hands of frontline workers.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non‐governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

[Source: Salvation Army]