— January 17: Tampa Riverwalk, candlelight vigil, prominent speakers, and major announcements about the campaign to construct Florida’s first-ever therapeutic safe home community —
TAMPA, Fla. (December 22, 2014) — Bridging Freedom, the local nonprofit leading the charge to fight child sex trafficking and create Florida’s first-ever therapeutic safe home community, is hosting a flagship event Saturday, January 17, from 5:00pm to 8:30pm, at Cotanchobee Park at The Tampa Riverwalk.
Some Event Highlights:
• Public Officials and Community Leaders, Mrs. America 2014, Live Entertainment/Music.
• Recognition of Bridging Freedom Board Members, Volunteers, and other Supporters.
• Event memorabilia, backpacks, t-shirts, LED candles, awareness materials, more.
• Significant updates on the monumental effort to construct a first-in-Florida facility.
KB Homes / KB Cares
Broad and Cassel, Attorneys At Law
Cypress Point Community Church
Speakers / Presenters:
Mrs. America 2014, Austen Williams
Alan Wilkett, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
Survivor Edie Rhea, Healing Root Ministries
Abundant Life Dance Company
The issue at-a-glance:
This is a serious issue around Tampa Bay. Children need protection from traffickers after rescue. They need intense trauma therapy to overcome the horror of being forced to provide services to multiple buyers on a daily basis. They need health management, education, life skills, a nurturing, stable environment conducive to healing, and the love of their community. There is urgent need for a therapeutic safe home campus for rescued children in Florida.
The event at-a-glance:
WHAT: Community candlelight vigil along Tampa’s scenic Riverwalk, with various activities.
WHY: Send light and love to young victims of sex trafficking, bring awareness to this issue and our endeavors to address it, and raise funds for the construction of this healing campus.
DETAILS: Saturday, January 17; 5pm–8:30pm; Cotanchobee Park at The Tampa Riverwalk.
WALK: 1.5-mile candlelight walk to MacDill Park and looping back to Cotanchobee Park.
Information about Bridging Freedom is available at: BridgingFreedom.org and Facebook.com/BridgingFreedom.