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JANUARY IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH

Your Are Cordially Invited

Come learn about the work The Ursus Institute is doing to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. Hear from a representative of the Charlotte Anti-Trafficking Task Force about what to look for in your own communities and how you can make a difference. Listen to a survivor of human trafficking tell her powerful story. Meet Tammy Harris, the founder of The Ursus Institute and see the trailer for their upcoming documentary, "Standing With Bears". (The documentary includes interviews with victims, predators, and the advocates who struggle to eradicate the $150 billion dollar slave industry, as well as actual footage from rescue operations.)

Take part in our Silent Auction (there will be opportunities to bid online if you do not live in Charlotte), enter our raffle, and take a shot at Point Blank's Virtual Target Simulation (no PUN intended).

The location is in a large space that allows for indoor and outdoor social distancing. There will be a food onsite and beverages served in the VIP lounge, so bring your appetite!

WHERE: Point Blank Range Matthews, 10726 Monroe Rd, Matthews, NC

WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 2021 3- 8PM

Keynote Speakers

MICHAEL HARVEY

Executive Director, The Voice of Hope

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: VIP Lounge, Point Blank Range Matthews

MERSAYDEZ

Trafficking Survivor

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: VIP Lounge, Point Blank Range Matthews

TAMMY HARRIS

Founder, The Ursus Institute

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: VIP Lounge, Point Blank Range Matthews

TAMMY HARRIS

The Ursus Institute

Tammy Harris is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ursus Institute, an anti-human trafficking non-profit that fights trafficking locally and abroad. She is also the Executive Director for The Voice of Hope and The Anti-Trafficking Bureau US. Previously, she was the Director of Development of a non-profit that provided housing and restoration services for female, adult victims of sex trafficking. She has worked directly with victims of this type of sexual exploitation and serves as a subject matter expert for the Human Trafficking Data Science Initiative project at UNCC. She is also the trafficking subject matter expert for the Concerned Women of America of North Carolina. Tammy has given input to some of the NC General Assembly members for anti-trafficking legislation including HB910.

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: VIP Lounge, Point Blank Range Matthews

ABOUT THE URSUS INSTITUTE

The Ursus Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses research, data, and community engagement to disrupt human trafficking and to help the survivors in their recovery. They believe that there is not a single solution to this problem but there can be an organized method in these pursuits.

Research and data are powerful tools for the education of the community and should be utilized to inform policy and government practice as well as help in best practices for survivor care. By networking within the anti-trafficking community, they can operate more effectively than any organization could individually.

They are committed to always being an open and transparent organization working diligently in these pursuits.

GET TO KNOW TAMMY HARRIS

Check out this interview with Tammy Harris, Founder and Executive Director of The Ursus Institute as she discusses the reason why she works so passionately to fight human trafficking.

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Did you know ...

The Charlotte Region Is #1 In North Carolina For Human Trafficking. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. There is now an average of 78 sex trafficking cases every year in North Carolina, and Charlotte is the #1 city. Law enforcement and local ministries are now stepping up the fight to combat this horrific issue.

On any given day, the state of North Carolina ranks in the top ten in the nation for human trafficking, landing at number six!

READ MORE

Meet Our Event Organizers

CARA DEFELICE

MACK GLEASON

JANAH UNGARO

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These are just some of the items we'll be auctioning!

1 HOUR Massage

MASSAGE ENVY

Photo Session - Kin & Crow*

KIN & CROW

Woman's Luxury Watch

MALEK JEWELERS

$100 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card

BASIL MEDIA

Full Exterior Detail *

SHINE ON

1 HOUR Facial

MASSAGE ENVY

Basic Individual Annual Membership*

POINT BLANK RANGE

Diamond HD Binoculars

VORTEX OPTICS

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher

SOLAR BEAR

Modere Liquid Biocell Life (2 Month Supply)

MODERE

48 Hour Assault Pack

VELOCITY SYSTEMS

Hair Cut & Style (5 Count)

MARISSA ZALESKI

Emotional Code Energy Healing

LINDSEY TORRES

Home Depot $100 Gift Card

OLYMPIC HANDYMAN

Event Sponsors & Donors

We are INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL to these individuals and businesses for their generous donations toward our fundraising efforts! If you are interested in donating a product and/or service please CONTACT US and someone will get back to you within 24 hours! Thank you!

KIN & CROW PHOTOGRAPHY

Kin & Crow owner, Taylor Kennedy, is just a mama who loves capturing earth toned memories. If you're looking for a lifestyle photographer to create some beautiful images of you or your family, reach out to Taylor and let her know we sent you!

MASSAGE ENVY

The demands of daily life can be super taxing on your body. That’s why it pays to take care of it. Massage Envy will help keep your body running smoothly, so you can run that half marathon or that full day of meetings.

Shine On Mobile Detailing is a detailing company for the Charlotte and surrounding areas looking to make your vehicle shine again! 

MALAK JEWELERS

Malak Jewelers has become one of the largest and most acclaimed jewelers in the Southeast. Their showroom features jewelry ranging from diamond engagement rings to high-quality estate pieces.


Along with their wide variety of pieces, they pride themselves in top-notch customer service, and aim to have all “Come as a customer, and leave as friend.” 

BASIL MEDIA

Basil Media is a boutique digital agency based in Charlotte, that provides a full range of services, including Graphic Design, Web Design, & Social Media Management.

CAYLAN WAX CO.

Caylan Wax Co. is a passion filled perfection-striving, environmental-friendly company that fights sex trafficking one candle at a time. They partner with organizations that have a proven record of tangible, gritty, restorative, “in the field” work being done. People who understand that broken relationships, lack of economic opportunity, and a “fatherless” society are some of the driving factors for the demand and supply of humans for sale.

VELOCITY SYSTEMS

Velocity Systems was founded in 2007 to provide the highest performing armor solutions, in the shortest amount of time, to the United States Military Special Operations community and Law Enforcement communities. The Velocity Systems owners have over 75 years of combined specialized armor manufacturing experience. Together they have molded Velocity into a company with extensive knowledge of custom armor solutions and special projects for new and emerging threats. While specializing in custom armor systems and special projects for Special Operations Soldiers and Law Enforcement, Velocity also maintains an abundant inventory of our "off-the-shelf" armor systems. This inventory allows us to deliver "At the Speed of Need" for immediate requirements.

MOTH AND STONE

Merging high quality gemstones with the ancient art of macrame.

In this shop you'll find unique jewelry for women and men who are inspired by nature. It's for the free spirits, the adventurers, the truth seekers, the dreamers...


KO CONSTRUCTION

KO Construction is a family owned construction and general contracting company in Charlotte, NC that specializes in residential new builds, renovations and additions.

JESS ARTISTRY

Jess has been in the Beauty Industry for over 6 years and enjoys all aspects of helping people look good for every occasion. She is a graduate of Aveda in Charlotte, NC. She offers hair services for every day and special events. She is current in the latest color and styles to frame your face shape and enhance your natural skin tone. She looks forward to helping you look your best for every occasion!

SHE.LIVES

She.Lives seeks to intertwine the fashion and mission field together by bringing awareness and raising funds to support organizations that work to rescue women and children. 10% of all profits go to organizations that work with preventing, saving and recovering women and children and/or prosecuting pimps involved in the sex trade.

SOLAR BEAR

At Solar Bear, we care deeply about people and our environment. Our core values of God, Family, and Good Business Stewardship are the fuel that drives us to create a stronger more sustainable future. Through cutting energy costs and leveraging government incentive programs, we strive to facilitate a thriving quality of life through solar energy for as many American families and businesses as possible.

Solar Bear was founded in St. Petersburg Florida and now serves the entire sunshine state! Our goal is to EmPOWER you to make an educated buying decision!

SANCTUARY PROJECT

Beautiful products handmade and designed with messages of hope and healing by survivors of trafficking, violence, and addiction.

VORTEX OPTICS

When you choose Vortex Optics, you join a brethren of hunters and shooters that understand what it means to use great optics.

STARFISH PROJECT

Starfish Project is a Social Enterprise with a Holistic Care Program that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. At Starfish Project women and girls experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers. They have employed and trained over 150 women and served thousands more through our community outreach.

OLYMPIC HANDYMAN

We are a small, family-owned handyman company proudly serving the Greater Charlotte, NC area. We guarantee that we'll give your home the highest level of care, and treat it as our own with great attention to detail. This is why we guarantee quality and timely work on all of our projects, big and small, as well as transparent pricing so you're not caught off guard.

MODERE

Safe products for you & your home that actually work. You'll never see us use cheap ingredients, harsh chemicals, or test on animals.

It's a simple message, but it's at the core of what we do. At Modere, we believe there's a better way to experience your everyday essentials. Our passion is to create inspired products and memorable experiences that cater to the modern shopper—lasting moments that shape healthy lifestyles.

#LiveClean

PURPOSE JEWELRY

PURPOSE Jewelry’s mission is to empower girls and young women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth. The art of craftsmanship through our social enterprise, PURPOSE, paired with holistic care through our program, International Sanctuary, ensures that every woman gains hope, dignity and freedom for the future. Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis with over 40 million people enslaved all over the globe. Simply rescuing girls and women from their traffickers is not enough. The young women and girls need continued support in order for them to successfully transition into their future. Since 2007, we have worked to ensure girls and women escaping from human trafficking have a safe, loving community where they belong. It is a place where they can heal from the horrors they've experienced, learn to trust other people, and grow into who they were created to be. 

MARISSA ZALESKI HAIR DESIGNER

MAGNOLIA MED SPA

At Magnolia Medspa, we are seeking goal-oriented procedures while enjoying the powerful benefits of aesthetics. Our approach combines medical expertise with an authentic spa-care experience to make the largest health benefit impact possible.​

LINDSEY TORRES

As a certified and trained practitioner in Emotion Code , Lindsey Helps humans gain freedom from Generational trauma, Emotional Baggage & Energetic Imbalances. She works via proxy (remotely) thus allowing her to work with clients across the U.S. 

Very Special Thanks

We are incredibly grateful to the owners of Point Blank Range in Matthews for donating the use of their space for this event.

And to these amazing people & organizations.

JARED PAULO
Director of Training
Point Blank Range
BAYOU BETTY
Food Truck Services
JOSH MCCRACKEN
Owner
H2 Public House
JESS GARBER
Manager
H2 Public House
SUNDEE TORNATORE
Manager
Three Monkeys
KACEY CHAMPNEY
Manager
Three Monkeys
TIFFANY PIGG
JENNFIER GALECKI

Do you live in the Greater Charlotte area? If you are interested in volunteering at this event or future anti-trafficking awareness events, please fill out this form and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Thank you!

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