Our 'Pins and Needles' fashion theme was inspired through 50's pin up hair and make up. During intermission you can enjoy live blues music, food, and the opportunity to explore showcased designs. Participating designers are: Lindsay Miller of Sassy Sally, Little City Designs, Stewart Brown, Pink Zombies, Voodoo Couture, Haggmark Industries, Manna Collective, Laura Fults Designs, Beautiful Disater and Handsome Devil Clothing. Accessories by Vintage Swag, Live Vibrant, and Mink designs.....
This fashion show is not just about showcasing local designers clothing lines to the community, but also to raise awareness and money for the charity Love 146.
Love 146 is a charity whose mission is to abolish child sex slavery and exploitation worldwide. Their programs emphasize prevention and aftercare by providing safehouses for survivors, advocacy, training programs for caregivers and social welfare agencies and research to discover methods to best assist, support and treat survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation. Love 146’s interventions provide critical education and resources to help restore the children’s lives. For more information about Love 146 you can visit their website .
Jesse Giglio will be guest speaking and showcasing informative videos about the child sex trafficking industry. Epic is gratefully accepting a five dollar donation at the door. Also, raffle tickets will be sold and the proceeds donated to Love 146. There will be a donation box for anyone that feels they would like to financially donate more to Love 146.
Tell me a little about trafficking, and why we should care?
Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It involves victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. A scary number of 1.2 million children are trafficked annually. It is estimated that 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world. It is also estimated that 2 children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Children as young as 3 years old are being sold into the industry. It is believed that the total market value of illicit human trafficking is at 32 billion. This is not just a foreign issue. About 45,000-50,000 are trafficked into the U.S. each year, and 15,000 of them are children who are being abused in the most grotesque way.
At this moment it is said that children held captive in brothels around the world could be set free if additional safehomes and trained caregivers existed. We can play an essential role in the help and welfare of these children. Donations would be going to help build safehouses and bring in trained caregivers to work with the children who have been exploited.
And a little info for those of us that can't make it?
If people are unable to attend the event they could send their donations directly to Love 146 at Love146 PO Box 8266 New Haven, CT 06530. You can also donate online . All donations are tax deductible. Love 146 is a 501c3 non-profit organization.