Capital City Ball

Photo by Daniel Swartz
Executive Committee members Marco A. Garcia, Tanya Lynn Sabel, John Dunford, Michele Lebar, Bruce Fries and Liz Sara
Executive Committee members Marco A. Garcia, Tanya Lynn Sabel, John Dunford, Michele Lebar, Bruce Fries and Liz Sara
Before the traffic picks up and all of us hightail it out of the city for the long holiday weekend, what better thing to do than to know that there has been some a little fun, a little glitz, a little fancy footwork and a lot of good done for a great cause?  The Washington Club glittered Saturday evening as guests donned black tie attire for The Capital City Ball, one of the most anticipated galas of the season. 

The event, first developed in 2007, is a team effort that draws on the hard work of many people, including staff, executives and volunteers from the beneficiaries.  The Capital City Ball Executive Committee, John Dunford , Bruce Fries, Liz Sara, Michele Lebar, Tanya Lynn Sabel and Marco A. Garcia once again presented an evening that included an opulent array of food to sprawling tables festooned with silent auction items that included everything from artwork to 
Angelique Velez and David Pardini hit the dance floor (Photo by: Daniel Swartz) Angelique Velez and David Pardini hit the dance floor
 fashions to a home in Italy,  to a full dance floor, and food from Caesar salad to a candy bar.   The ball benefits organizations that combat human trafficking which this included FairFund, Polaris Project and Courtney’s House.

Among the guests were mommy-to-be Angie Goff and husband Robert Ellis, Hanover Research’s Laura Webb, Rokas and Christine Beresniovas, Janine Schoonover of Tic Tac Toe Global, and H.E. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri of the Republic of Yemen. 

About the Charities:

COURTNEY'S HOUSE
Courtney’s House is committed to providing a safe space and loving home environment - in a therapeutic and emotionally healing atmosphere - for domestic sex trafficked girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Courtney’s House is dedicated to the mission of ending domestic sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of all children. Efforts are focused on providing long-term group home and providing direct services.
For more information please visit Courtney's House.

FAIRFUND
Fair Fund assists youths to avoid and escape trafficking and trafficked youth ages 11 – 24 by employing a threefold strategy:
Build Community Leadership: Annually training thousands of law enforcement officers, educators, youth program leaders and social workers to identify victims of trafficking to raise awareness and promote policy solutions.
Guests gathered with friends for a night of giving and fun (Photo by: Daniel Swartz) Guests gathered with friends for a night of giving and fun

Educate and Empower High Risk Youth: Educating teens in urban schools across the US and internationally providing prevention education and life skills for youth leaving orphan care on how to stay safe from sex trafficking.
Provide Compassionate Intervention Services to Trafficked Youth: Providing safe passage for teen victims of trafficking such as shelter and job referrals, long-term mentorship and self-esteem workshops, art therapy, economic empowerment, and referrals to medical and legal support
For more information please visit FairFund.

POLARIS PROJECT
Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan, with programs operating at international, national and local levels.  Polaris Project’s vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves toward freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002, serving both citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking.
Polaris Project’s holistic approach to combating human trafficking includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC); serving as the central national hotline on human trafficking, advocating for stronger state and federal anti-trafficking legislation, conducting training and policy implementation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts.
To find out more, visit Polaris Project.