Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships' (HTAP) first "Bling Bash to Smash Slavery" from 3 to 6 p.m. on April 6 will be held at the Forever Green Shops on Sanibel.
All proceeds go to HTAP's prevention and awareness and training programs, including the ARTREACH and TIPS programs which are human trafficking prevention programs aimed at local youth between the ages of 10 and 18.
HTAP's newest Point of Contact, Point of Rescue program is aimed at educating first responders and businesses where employees might come in contact with human trafficking victims. Trainings are being held throughout Lee County. Areas nearby already have asked for additional trainings. This program is partially funded by a SWFL Community Foundation grant.
At the Bling Bash, four local jewelry designers will be displaying their beautiful original pieces and have donated pieces. They will be donating a portion of their sales to HTAP, and Sanibel and Lee County businesses are donating items as well for auction, both silent and live.
Jewelers from Sanibel and Lee County will be featured with beautiful pieces and/or generous gift certificates to be auctioned, including gifts from the Cedar Chest, Shiny Objects, William E. Wilson Jewelers, Dunkin's Diamonds, B. Franklin Jewelers, Best of Everything and You Look Mahvalous.
To be auctioned are vouchers for a three-day, two-night stay at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva, a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs, and Sanibel Harbour Resort has donated a dinner for two on their yacht.
Also to be auctioned is a three-hour photo shoot session from Frantz Photography, an etched vase from Luc Century, theater tickets to The Broadway Palm, The Florida Repertory Theatre, and Barbara B. Mann, and trips with Tarpon Day Explorers, Adventures in Paradise, and Billy's Bike Shop. Tribeca Salon, Sanibel Beauty Salon and Tips 'n Toez are all offering beauty experiences and products.
Many island and county restaurants have offered gift certificates.
It's not too late to contribute to the auction items.
Hors d'oeuvres will be available from Cip's Place as well as a cash bar. Cip's Place is also donating a portion of the evening's sales from all customers who mention HTAP to their server.
For more information on HTAP call Nola Theiss at 239-292-3834.