Salon Event to Raise Money for Sex Trafficking Survivors
To raise money benefitting young survivors of sex trafficking, the Justice and Soul Foundation will host its second-annual Fashion SOULstice on March 28 at Emerald City Trapeze in Seattle.
The fundraiser, hosted by radio DJ and alum of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Molly Mesnick, will feature the creative work of stylists and makeup artists from local salons and cosmetology schools, as well as a silent auction. Runway models will showcase upcoming hair, makeup and fashion trends, while integrating major themes of the Foundation: hope, restoration, empowerment and soul.
The first-annual Fashion SOULstice, held in April 2014, drew 275 participants and raised more than $47,000.
“We’ve accomplished so much since the first Fashion SOULstice,” says Justice and Soul Co-Founder Matthew Fairfax. “We’ve opened the Kate Korpi Salon and Academy (a vocational training program in Cambodia), graduated the first class of students from Phase 1 of training and are now expanding. This second-annual event will be an opportunity for us to raise money to further the mission of the Academy, enroll additional students, and encourage salon and spa professionals to consider joining us in Cambodia to help educate our students.”
The Kate Korpi Salon was established to provide its students with the fundamentals of Western-style cosmetology (hair, skin, nails and makeup). Students attending the Academy include survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk for sexual exploitation. They do not pay tuition, but are instead awarded scholarships.
The Justice and Soul Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. Through shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and after several years of research, planning and interviews, the Founders are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable, systemic solution that addresses the ongoing effects of sex trafficking.
For more information, visit www.justiceandsoul.org.