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ALPHARETTA, GA — In celebration of International Day of the Girl, She Is Safe, a local anti-trafficking nonprofit organization, will sponsor and host a series of events at Avalon in Alpharetta through Friday, Oct. 11. International Day of the Girl aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

She Is Safe works in eight countries and has a mission to educate, equip, rescue and restore “forgotten” girls who are ensnared, or in danger of becoming victims to sex trafficking, human slavery, domestic violence and childhood marriage. She Is Safe Founder and CEO Michele Rickett notes, “99 percent of people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women and girls; 80% of all humans trafficked are women and girls; 250 million girls are forced into marriage as children; and one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.”

In honor of International Day of the Girl, Avalon will dedicate its weekly Signature Events Series to raising funds and awareness for She Is Safe. The events will be produced by Events of a Lifetime Productions. Details on each event are outlined below:

  • Avalon Sip & Stroll, Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. – Sponsored by Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau, guests are invited to explore Avalon Boulevard while sipping on delicious signature cocktails from select retailers and restaurants. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to She Is Safe.
  • From Avalon to the World: Day of the Girl Celebration, Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. – Gather in The Plaza for music, special guest speakers, face-painting, comments from Survivor Leaders and the official unveiling of Safe Haven’s Butterfly Sculpture. At 5:30 p.m., guests will be invited by their emcee, local celebrity Jacqueline Arnold, to take part in a live, en masse butterfly release that symbolizes setting girls free from a life of slavery and human trafficking. Butterflies will be available for a suggested, cash-only donation of $5. The butterfly release is co-sponsored by Sharon Austin, J.D. REALTOR, Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty and Sherri Harris, Chief Executive Officer of The Safe Zone.
  • Free a Girl. Change the World. She Is Safe Fundraising Gala, Friday Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. – Following the butterfly release, guests are invited to a glamorous fundraising gala at The Hotel at Avalon. During the event, attendees will experience a Sip & Share reception on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, followed by an inspiring dinner and program in the Teasley Ballroom, which will feature performances by Harmony: Atlanta’s International Youth Chorus and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company. To purchase tickets or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, https://sheissafe.org.

“We’re always looking for exciting new ways to activate Avalon that encourage the North Fulton community to give back to local nonprofits,” said Cayley Mullen, hospitality and marketing manager at Avalon. “We’re honored to partner with She is Safe for International Day of the Girl and are looking forward to raising funds and awareness for an organization that is doing life-changing work around the world.”

For additional event information, visit experienceavalon.com/events. Guests are encouraged to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #AvalonInsider.

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