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What: “Survivor Monologues” supporting Elijah Rising

Where: A.D. Players Theater

The scoop: More than 400 guests gathered at the A.D. Players George Theater to raise more than $225,000 for Elijah Rising, which aims to end sex trafficking in Houston through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration. Event funds will go towards Elijah Rising programs and restorative care for survivors. 

“Survivor Monologues” was created as a one-of-a-kind production to expose the dark world of sex trafficking and also tell stories of bravery and triumph in the midst of great adversity.

Elijah Rising partnered with A.D. Players for a dinner and theater event, chaired by Gwen Baird, Annette Durrett, and Kerry Stovall. The theater production relayed gritty accounts of individuals who have encountered the realities of human trafficking. 

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner from Churrascos, which featured a first course of Vietnamese noodle salad, Korean cucumber salad, and Thai eggplant salad.  The second course featured beef short ribs and vegetarian grilled portobello followed by the third course of tres leches cups, alfajores, and fruit empanadas.     

The presentation began with opening remarks from Elijah Rising development director Adam Chaney and executive director Micah Gamboa. Jake Speck, executive director of A.D. Players, welcomed guests to the stunning George Theater. 

Attendees were moved by powerful monologues performed by actors affiliated with A.D. Players and inspired by real survivors’ stories.  Author, playwright and sex trafficking survivor Kathy (McGibbon) Givens wrote a portion of the monologues; Pipeline Collective created others. The powerful stories come straight from the frontlines of the fight against human trafficking.

Who: Gwen Baird, Kerry Stovall, Annette Durrett, Jennifer Hohman, Audrey Manito, Aaron Pichon, and Tami Ledbetter.

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