WASHINGTON, DC- April 5th, 2011-The Capital City Ball, the all-volunteer group that raises money for charities, announced today that its Executive Committee has chosen four non-profit organizations that fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery from among those invited to the second annual “Pitch CCB” Day. Bridge to Freedom, Courtney’s House, HIPS, and WEAVE will share in the proceeds from this year’s Capital City Ball black tie fundraising gala that will take place on Saturday, November 19th.
The CCB Executive Committee invited approximately a dozen organizations that fight human trafficking to submit an application to attend the Pitch Day on March 1st and make a case for getting selected. From among the applicants, five were chosen to attend and make a case to the Executive Committee on why they needed the funds and how they would be used in supporting specific programs. To date, more than $150,000 in proceeds from the Ball has gone to charities that combat human trafficking in DC and around the world.
The Pitch CCB day concept was based on the local angel investment community practice of inviting startup companies seeking funding to a session attended by accredited investors who seek new investment opportunities. Liz Sara, a local high-tech entrepreneur, angel investor and member of the Capital City Ball Executive Committee, spearheaded the initiative.
“The ‘Pitch CCB Day’ was a terrific, high energy forum that enabled the leadership of five charities in this field to meet and hear from each other, while at the same time to share with the Executive Committee their missions and specific needs for programs they could advance with extra funding,” said Liz Sara. “In essence, we created a platform for this community that did not previously exist and that can now enable each one to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of the group to further the overall cause,” she explained.
The Capital City Ball is a hot-ticket event in the city each year, drawing a diverse crowd from among DC’s varied political, business, legal, philanthropic and diplomatic circles.
According to co-founders Bruce Fries and John Dunford, the goal in founding the Capital City Ball in 2007 was to create a memorable event that benefited deserving charities which combat human trafficking. “We’re excited about the success of this novel approach and have received an enthusiastic response to the overall process,” said John Dunford. “We hope to see some inter-organizational collaboration as a result,” added Bruce Fries.
Human Trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world. It is an issue that affects every country. An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked each year into the United States alone.
Tanya Lynn Sabel
Capital City Ball
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