Host an Oscar Party Benefit to Combat Human Trafficking
Do you and your friends like to get together for an Oscar Party each year? This year the award ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, February 22nd. Use it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and generate funds for the anti-trafficking organization of your choice. I’m supporting Project Rescue, an international, faith-based organization that meets the daily needs of trafficked women and their children and works to bring them into a life of freedom, self-sufficiency, and hope (http://www.projectrescue.com/). I’m calling my event Project Red Carpet: An Oscar Party Benefit for Project Rescue. Ideas for maximizing the impact of your event: 1) Create an electronic invitation that links your guests to anti-trafficking sites and allows them to invite more people to your event (http://www.evite.com/ is a great, free site with lots of ideas and options—even movie-themed graphics). 2) Sell tickets to cover your costs, with proceeds going to the anti-trafficking organization of your choice. 3) Allow invitees who can’t attend to sponsor the door prizes, then buy prizes such as anti-trafficking books, fair-trade coffee and chocolate, items made by former victims of trafficking, etc. Prizes also can be awarded to the people who get the most number of correct oscar predictions (ballots available on http://www.oscar.com/), or for the best movie-themed costume. 4) Recruit teens and college students to help plan and staff your event—church youth groups and service sororities and fraternities are great places to look for volunteers. 5) Encourage attendees to sign in if they want to take part in local anti-trafficking efforts. Work to bring your partygoers to future events in your community. 6) Begin your event one hour before the Oscar broadcast. 15 minutes after the official start time for your event, host a 30-minute informational session on the issue. Show a film clip from your organization and/or invite a representative from a local anti-trafficking organization to talk about how the issue affects your community. 7) Serve appetizers and beverages made from fair-trade ingredients. Leave buying guides on each table. These could advertise any vendors who donate food or supplies. 8) Have a resource table with books, films, and literature from anti-trafficking organizations. If your venue has wireless Internet access, bring a laptop that would allow people to join and donate electronically. 9) Let Change.org know if you plan to host an Oscar Party Benefit—encourage all your guests to support the End Human Trafficking Cause on Change.org. Send in pics of your event!
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