30 August, 2022Print
Star Studded Supporters Join Unitas 5th Annual Anti Human Trafficking Fundraiser Gala To Take Place At NYC's Cipriani South Street, September 13 At 7pm
Exclusive Event Features Performances by Grammy-Nominated Multi-Platinum Singer Natasha Bedingfield, Singer/Recording Artist Cris Cab, and Award-Winning Violist David Aaron Carpenter of The Carpenter Trio
Gala Hosted by ABC-TV News Anchor Sade Baderinwa
Award Winning Organization Devoting To Disrupting Human Trafficking Will Honor NYPD Lieutenant Amy Capogna from Citywide Human Trafficking Squad, and Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman, Empowerment Self -Defense and Violence Prevention Social Entrepreneur
August 29, 2022----UNITAS, the award-winning, international organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking and supporting survivors, will hold its star studded 5th gala on September 13 at New York's Cipriani South Street, details HERE. The highly anticipated event will raise funds to further prevention education for youth, training for school staff and community stakeholders to disrupt human trafficking, and support for survivors through therapeutic intensives, retreats, mentorship and housing for survivors.
The 2022 UNITAS Gala will be hosted by Emmy award winning journalist and WABC-TV News Anchor Sade Baderinwa and will honor New York Police Department Lieutenant Amy Capogna from the Citywide Human Trafficking Squad and Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman, Empowerment Self-Defense and Violence Prevention Social Entrepreneur. The evening will feature live performances by multi-platinum singer Natasha Bedingfield, recording artist Cris Cab, and award-winning violist David Aaron Carpenter of The Carpenter Trio. This year will feature an auction with items from artists including Peter Tunney, Ukrainian Lina Condes First Martian Art Station, and Sofia Zubi.
UNITAS President & CEO Tonya Turner said, "Our event brings together trailblazers and forward-thinking leaders. From across the country, partnering with UNITAS to disrupt this hideous crime by undergirding our programming that directly addresses those factors that fuel human trafficking."
Previous UNITAS galas have featured performances by Maxwell, Wyclef, Victory, and Moses Sumney, with guests including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Piven, Scott Eastwood, and Adrien Brody (also a painter, he donated his own work for the gala art auction); actresses Amanda Stephen and Pamela Anderson with son/model Dylan Lee; rock star Gene Simmons; and models Irina Shayk, Toni Garrn, and Victoria's Secret models Lais Ribeiro and Martha Hunt. Previous Gala photos here.
UNITAS began combatting human trafficking in 2015 after founder, Lubo Krstajic, learned of the plights of trafficking victims. Believing in unity as the name suggests, UNITAS quickly forged partnerships with governments andNGOs, and hired experts in the field to develop collaborative solutions in the fight against human trafficking. UNITAS has offices in Belgrade, Serbia and New York.
This year, UNITAS was awarded a Webby Gold Anthem Award for its "best strategy" for reaching youth with "transformative" trafficking prevention education through its Lights curriculum. The narrative-based curriculum has been implemented by key partners including the largest school systems in the United States with the NYC Department of Education, the Washington, DC public schools, and others. The Lights narratives are also shared with young people through UNITAS' digital comic series by graphic novelist Dan Goldman. See them on Instagram @UNITAScomics.
Watch the UNITAS Mission Video HERE.