Tickets on sale now for the second annual Taste of Freedom gala

Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition is pleased to host the second annual Taste of Freedom on Saturday, Apr. 8 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers, 4200 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers.
 
The event raises awareness of human trafficking in our community, unmasks the realities of human trafficking and celebrates the empowerment of its survivors. Taste of Freedom is a fun, foodie-themed masquerade gala featuring cocktails, chef stations from a wide array of local restaurants, wine tastings and live entertainment. Again this year, Title Sponsor Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers will award a 24-month lease on a 2017 Lexus to one lucky raffle winner.
 
Attorney, well-known local character and SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition board member Carmen Dellutri will serve as Taste of Freedom’s master of ceremonies. Venetian-style festival masks will be provided to attendees at the door.
 
Although the crisis of human trafficking in Southwest Florida is daunting, Taste of Freedom is a night to celebrate the increased awareness and measurable gains that have been made since the coalition formed in 2005, making Southwest Florida the epicenter of the state’s fight against this devastating crime. The inaugural Taste of Freedom featured more than $25,000 of live auction items and raised more than $34,000 in funds for the organization.
 
Event tickets are $100 and can be purchased at SWFL-humantrafficking.org. Tables are available for purchase as well. All proceeds raised through the Taste of Freedom event will benefit the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition.
 
Restaurants confirmed to date include Bonefish Grill, Crave Catering, Cantina Laredo, DaRuMa and Leroy Selmon, Cru and Fresh Fit Foods.
 
Support for Taste of Freedom allows Southwest Florida Regional Human
Trafficking Coalition to assist victims of human trafficking locally, nationally and globally. Along with title sponsor Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers, sponsors include Dunkin’s Diamonds, Platinum PEO Resources, Inc., CONRIC PR & Marketing and Card Systems.
 
For information about sponsorships or chef station opportunities for restaurants, contact coalition President Lynn Brewer at (239) 691-1128 or lynn@swflhumantrafficking.org.
 
About SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition
 
Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition strives to raise awareness of sex and labor trafficking in southwest Florida and the United States . Its goal is to develop partnerships with the community, service providers, law enforcement and the media to combat human trafficking through education, coordination, outreach and training. Numerous services are provided, including emergency services, shelter, mental health services, treatment plans, housing, transportation, legal assistance, medical services and hotlines on the local, state and national levels.