Executive director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP) Nola Theiss declared the first Bling Bash to Smash Slavery a huge success.
The fund raiser was held at the Forever Green Shops on Periwinkle Way on April 6. The money raised is being used to promote human trafficking awareness in support of HTAP's youth prevention programs and ARTREACH.
"I would like to thank the businesses and organizations for their amazing support of our first annual Bling Bash," said Theiss in a prepared release. "On Sanibel," Theiss said, "we received beautiful gift items, auction items and gift certificates from jewelry stores, restaurants, salons, artists, resorts and attractions."
Shoppers look over the offerings at the April 6 Bling Bash to Smash Slavery at the Forever Green Shops.
Four jewelry designers exhibited their artistic designs and contributed a portion of their proceeds to HTAP and donated an item to the live auction.
A number of similar businesses in Lee County locations off Sanibel also contributed.
"A special thank you goes to groups from Bailey's General Store, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Project HELP, FGCU students and Zonta of Sanibel-Captiva for logistical and volunteer help," Theiss added.
Anyone interested in volunteering with HTAP or supporting the effort in any way is asked to call 239-415-2635; or visit the website www.humantraffickingawareness.org