Last Saturday, over a hundred and fifty people gathered to sustain the work of abolition at the Denver Art Museum for the very first Love146 Red Gala in Colorado.
In addition to the 3 course dinner…
the inspiring talk from Rob Morris, Love146’s President and Co-Founder…
fabulous red wardrobes…
and live art pieces…
…the night was all about promises:
The promise to see.
The promise to remember.
The promise to fight alongside survivors of trafficking and exploitation.
In addition to these big promises we made as an organization, guests were invited to write their own promises to the children we serve. These promises were locked onto a fence, symbolizing the ongoing commitment that it will take to truly end child trafficking and exploitation.
Here are a few of the promises from the abolitionists in the room that night…
Douglas – I promise to tell your story
Stephanie – I promise that you are seen
Hannah – I promise to always value your freedom and dignity
Lars – I promise we will love you
Matt – I promise to never stop believing in you
These promises give me hope, knowing that behind Love146 and the children we fight for, there are hundreds of people who are willing to stand with us, make promises, and commit to the work of prevention and survivor care around the world.
These nights of celebration, generosity, and reflection are the moments when we remember the girl who started this entire journey—the girl wearing the number 146. In moments like these we make the promise to her yet again: we will never forget you. We will never forget why we are fighting to end child trafficking and exploitation. And we and promise to never stop fighting until slavery is a thing of the past.
Without the fantastic gala committee from the Love146 Denver Task Force this night wouldn’t have been possible, huge thanks to the best team out there!