Light the Night Gala
RSVP now for the Light the Night Gala!
Come help us LIGHT THE NIGHT! On Thurs., Jan. 23, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes will host Light the Night, a semi-formal Gala event to bring critical funds and awareness to their Safe Home program which will launch in early 2014 to rescue and restore child victims of domestic sex trafficking. The entertainment-filled gala will take place at the Polk Theatre located at 121 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland. The “alley party” is at 6 p.m. as hors d’oeuvres are served, and the main event will take place at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 per guest and black tie is optional.
During the gala, Lakeland City Commissioner Phillip Walker will present a proclamation and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will address the audience through a special video message. Entertainment will be provided by singer and songwriter Dara Maclean, a 26-year-old whose music has been described as “personality-fueled and soul-steeped.” Maclean is passionate about ending sex trafficking and her fun, yet classic musical style is bringing this topic to the forefront.
Telisia Espinosa, a former sex trafficking victim will share her real-life story. Finally, a call for “real change, right now” will be presented by Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart president Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP®. In early 2013, Haag was asked by the Department of Children and Families to launch a safe home program. He took the challenge head on and is asking the community to come alongside him to make this program a reality for these innocent victims.
Thank you to the Light the Night event committee for making this possible and working to change the lives of many young girls impacted by sex trafficking: Nicole Alvarez, Kellie Brinker, Denise Crenshaw, Angie Dennis, Debra Dickerson, Julee Ferreira, Lori Garrard, Kelly Green, Christi Haag, Regina Harper, Krista Howard, Margaret Lofton, Cynthia Mansfield, Kellie Morrow, Carolyn Prahl, Teri Saunders, Amie Spano, Leigh Ann Wynn.