This years Master of Ceremonies for the Stand for One Gala will Rebecca Bender founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries. Bender was lured out of a small town in Oregon at the vulnerable age of 18. Forced into a life of sex trafficking, Bender was sold around the country for nearly six years. It was in a local church that Bender found healing and restoration. She is an award winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Last year, Rebecca and her husband founded Rebecca Bender Ministries, which brings a message of hope to the masses with a radical and fresh perspective on what it means to live in alignment with God’s will in a modern culture like today. Bender’s remarkable story of overcoming a life of sex trafficking has led her to dedicate her life to positively impacting the world. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their four lively daughters.
Restore One held its first gala on October 10 at the Greenville Hilton to raise funds for its first shelter, The Anchor House. The shelter, to be opened in 2014, will be the first of its kind in the U.S. for its focus on male sex trafficking victims.
Dr. Dan Allender, the guest speaker said, “This shelter is actually the first of its kind. In the future, Greenville, a relatively unknown town will become a beacon and an example for other organizations seeking to do this in the future.”
The gala was featured front page in the local paper, The Daily Reflector.
Restore One president Chris Smith said, ” we were told to expect 150 people for our first gala. We have over 400 tonight.”
“Stand for One” gala will host prominent psychologist, live music, and an auction
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GREENVILLE, N.C. — Over 400 guests and advocates against human trafficking will come together on October 10 at the Greenville Hilton with the goal to raise $50,000 for “The Anchor House.” The shelter will be the first in the U.S. exclusively for boys that have been sex trafficked and exploited. Restore One, a Greenville non-profit is hosting the event.
“While the victimization of each gender requires an equal grade of attention, the sex trafficking movement has largely overlooked the fact that it happens to boys too,” said Director Anna Smith.
Dr. Allender, a prominent psychologist is the keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Allender specializes in trauma and abuse therapy. He helped found The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, is an author of several books and is featured in the award-winning documentary, Nefarious, as an expert on human trafficking. Greenville native and water sports champion, Kristi Overton will be the master of ceremonies.
“The Stand for One Gala is a great event to learn about the mission and the vision of Restore One. Join us and come together to stand for one,” said President Chris Smith.
The gala will also include live music and a silent auction. Tickets are on-sale online. Sponsorships are also available and offer varying incentives: ads in the program, logo placement, on-stage speaking opportunities, presentation of auction items and tables for guests, among others.
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