COVINGTON, Ga. – Linda Jesky sees the sponsorship of her “Dresses 4Sarah” gala on Saturday by her Heartland Woman’s Club as a way to tackle one of society’s ills.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Southern Heartland Art Gallery at 1132 Monticello St. in Covington – corner of Monticello and Washington streets.
It will feature live music, appetizers, a silent auction and more to benefit 4Sarah, a Conyers-based nonprofit that helps women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked. .
“The public needs to become more aware of this (problem),” Jesky said.
The nonprofit runs a shelter for women who have been victims of exploitation and trafficking, and their children, said nonprofit director Kasey McClure.
It also provides them with opportunities for education and gaining job skills, Jesky said.
“It’s not a handout, it’s a helping hand,” she said.
Club member Janice Baulkmon said the club strives to help a different nonprofit each year and its members voted unanimously to organize a fundraiser for the nonprofit. lucrative.
“Traffic has really increased,” Baulkmon said. “We’ve had a few incidents here in Newton County where girls have been trafficked.”
Among the auction items are a collection of children’s dresses, sizes 3 to 8, with pockets hand painted by local artists using donated materials and fabric paints.
The auction will also include works by artists who are part of the Southern Heartland Art Gallery cooperative, as well as gift baskets and children’s gift baskets.
McClure said the women’s club planned to fundraise for 4Sarah in 2020 but were delayed by the pandemic.
“I’m really grateful that they were consistent and followed through,” she said.
Her non-profit organization helps female victims end their addiction to activities such as prostitution.
They are referred to 4Sarah by law enforcement and, sometimes, the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFACS) in cases of minors who have been exploited.
“They don’t have the resources…of family support,” McClure said. “It will help us continue this work.”
His non-profit organization offers victims a place to live away from those who exploit them. Funds raised by the women’s club at the gala will help 4Sarah expand its now limited residential space. It will also provide scholarship money or allow many victims to graduate from high school, McClure said.
Gala tickets to benefit 4Sarah are $15 before the event and $20 at the door.
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