Mother’s Day brunch can help rescue somebody’s daughter from sex trafficking – National sex trafficking |

Mothers are known as the face of love for their offspring. When children have gone missing or have taken a bad turn in life, many moms will continue to grieve and agonize until everything is set right once again. For the hundreds of thousands of children who have been caught up in sex trafficking, the setting right process may only come about if the girl or boy is pulled out of the situation through intervention of law enforcement and placement in a healing environment.

Troy Hailpern of Elevate Coffee Company in Phoenix wants to be part of the healing process. A special Mother’s Day Brunch has been set up as a fundraiser for StreetLightUSA, one of the few comprehensive residential treatment centers in the country for girls who have been rescued from sexual exploitation. Families can honor their moms and provide hope for some of the girls who need a safe haven of love and support. Each child enslaved in commercial sexual abuse is somebody’s daughter or son.

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Elevate Coffee Company Mother’s Day Brunch

When: Sunday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Elevate Coffee Company
2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273
At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

Phoenix, AZ 85085
(602) 341-5480

What to do: Purchase a hand-crafted sweet or savory crepe
Mom gets a free drink
$1.00 from each crepe purchased goes to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the girls.
Salads and desserts are also available.

Crepes can be purchased anytime Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 and $1.00 for each one will still be donated to StreetLightUSA.

Celebrate Mom and give the gift of safety and care for some of the wounded daughters who are sex trafficking victims.

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Sex trafficking awareness: Mom’s brunch, comedy show raise funds for survivors – National sex trafficking |

It is Mother’s Day weekend. StreetLightUSA, a residential treatment in Phoenix, is being honored this weekend by area supporters who are putting on fundraising events. Both activities are great places to take the mothers in your life that would love a sweet dining experience or a great comedy show.

Elevate Coffee Company is celebrating moms with non-stop crepes for the weekend.

With each crepe purchase, mothers will receive a free drink, and $1.00 will be donated to StreetLightUSA. Offer is good Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

Location: 2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273

Phoenix, AZ 85085

At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

(602) 341-5480

Special free bonus: Saturday night May 12th, the Musical Theater of Anthem will be giving a free performance. They will feature selections from their musical “Annie” and other pop music. For highlights of Anthem Musical Theater in action, click here.

  • Free to Laugh Comedy Show is playing at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. The two shows feature comedians Carlos Oscar, Dana Daniels, and Leland Klassen. The clean, family friendly humor will have you laughing until your sides ache. A portion of each ticket will go to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the residents.

Location: Bethany Bible Church
6060 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Ticket cost: $20.00 each, purchased at the door.
Show times: 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

StreetLightUSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and healing of girls 11-17 who have been held in hostage-like situations and have been forced to prostitute their bodies. Often, they service 10 or more customers each night, and are subjected to every kind of brutal treatment imaginable. There are very few places these children can go for safety, medical care, education, training in life skills, and resources for turning their lives around. StreetLightUSA offers all of this in their residential facility, the only such comprehensive service in Arizona, and one of a handful of similar centers across the country.

Make a date with your favorite mom to attend one of these events, and be a blessing to the girls who may need a caring place to heal from the trauma of sex trafficking.

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Hockey tickets for half price: Great opportunity for homeschool field trip

Viktor Tikhonov of the Phoenix Coyotes.  Get 1/2 price tickets to the April 3, 2012 match.

A hockey match can make a terrific homeschool field trip, if the price is right.

For the April 3, 2012 event between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets, families and friends are able to get deeply discounted tickets.  Even better, a portion of the ticket sales will go to benefit a local non-profit organization, StreetLightUSA.  That is a combination that could make any homeschool family feel good about a night out for their favorite sport.

StreetLightUSA is a Phoenix-based Center for Excellence and Treatment of girls 11-17 who have been caught in the sex trades.  The center provides residential care, education, mentoring, counseling, and life and job skills to help the girls turn their lives around.

StreetLightUSA Night with the Coyotes

When:   Tuesday, April 3, 2012  6:oo PM
Where: Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305
Cost:  $20 upper level (normally $40), $55 lower level (normally $75)
Registration All sales to benefit StreetLightUSA MUST go through this link:
http://bitly/wNkwEg     Use password “puck”
Benefit to StreetLightUSA:  $5 from each lower level ticket and $10 from each upper level ticket will go  directly to StreetLight to provide direct care services for the girls in residence.

StreetlightUSA Charity Night Downloadable registration form and flyer

The Phoenix Coyotes provide grants to non-profit organizations who sell large number of tickets.  StreetLightUSA has a goal of 1000 ticket sales to be eligible for an additional $10,000 grant.  These funds will allow the facility to open up another much needed cottage for eight more girls. There are fewer than 200 beds nationwide to care for these youngsters.  StreetLight, when at capacity, will house 48 girls.

Here is how you can be part of the solution to this most egregious form of child abuse:

  • Set up a homeschool group night at the game.  Let your friends know they get to save a lot of money and help keep young girls safe from sexual abuse for each night that one that is housed at StreetLightUSA.. (You save money on the handling fee if all the tickets are purchased at once.)   Be sure to order your tickets right away.
  • Download the flyer and pass it out at your work, your clubs, your place of worship.  Better still, organize a group event.
  • Post this information on your Facebook, Twitter, hockey club forums, and other social media that you frequent.

Can’t make the game?  You can donate directly to StreetLight  or become part of the Campaign13 to raise abolitionists who will take a stand against sex trafficking and support the restoration work of StreetLightUSA.

Since sex trafficking is often a side component of major sporting events, the opportunity to use sporting dollars to help restore victims of sex slavery is redemptive.

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