Date Night Alert – Buy Art Not Kids Fundraiser – This FRIDAY
Here’s a disturbing fact: human and child sex trafficking is a $32 billion a year business – that’s worth more than Google, Nike and Starbucks’ annual profits combined, according to the folks at Buy Art Not Kids.
This year, funds will go towards a training program to help educate rural farmers in Cambodia about sex traffickers, who often trick parents into giving up their daughters on promises of great jobs in the city. The idea of the program is to avoid kids getting trapped into sex trafficking in the first place.
The event promises to be a joyfully grown up evening of art, wine, food and performances, hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake of CBC News Toronto.
With two auctions, one featuring 31 professional Canadian artists, who include the likes of Christopher Boffoli, Michael Levin, Julie Himel, Sheila Kernan and Marjolyn van der Hart, and another of 14 senior students from Havergal College, where the event is being held, visual inspiration is all but guaranteed.
Also up for bid: Lot # 19, The Perfect Storm, where Toronto chef Matt Blondin (formerly of Momofuku Daishō) has teamed with artist Cesan D’Ornellas Levine to create a catered dinner. The evening will be hosted in the studio home of D’Ornellas Levine, who will also provide the winner with a painting commission. The total value of the Lot is $5000.
We told you – this trully promises to be a joyfully grown up evening. The cause couldn’t be worthier, and maybe, with the right bid, two lucky parents will splurge BIG TIME and get a date of a lifetime out of the deal.