Last Thursday, Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace threw a fantastic event at the gorgeous Waterfall Building to help raise awareness and raise money to fight human trafficking. It was an intimate event that included fashion shows by Smitten Designs, Carnal Designs, Amanda Jackson Designs for swimwear, and Anna Talbot, while renowned artist Miriam Aeroeste showcased a series of her painted works. The event was sponsored by Danier Leather, Lancome Paris, and the wonderful Deborah’s Gate organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.
Glendene Grant gave a touching speech about her daughter, Jessie Foster, who has been missing for seven years. Jessie had been travelling across North America, and was recruited by someone in Calgary for a job in Las Vegas. Her whereabouts from there on out are unknown, but it is believed that she fell victim to an international human trafficking ring. It was definitely difficult to hear what Glendene and her husband have been through these past seven years, but they’ve been doing everything in their power to raise awareness about the human trafficking industry (my naive self had no idea it was such a prominent industry in North America). Glendene and her husband haven’t given up the search for Jessie – you can learn more about their daughter’s story at http://www.jessiefoster.ca/
The event was hosted by Mandy Ross of Fashion TV and Press Play Establishment. I had a chance to catch up with Mandy, who’s got a lot of interesting projects on the horizon, including future hosting duties with LuvnGrace and other media outlets in town. To keep up with Mandy, check out her official website at http://mandy-ross.com/ - always really refreshing to meet other people with a ton of drive and passion for what they do!
Other attendees included the always amazing Tamara Ryan of Earth Essence Jewelry, Pam Jackson of Street Cat Designs, Timeline Boutique’s Azura Cook (who also happens to style Mandy) international supermodel Kecia Nyman, and the extremely talented Nancy Perreault, who has some exciting new designs up her sleeve, including an expanded menswear line!