Tahirih Justice Center Gala

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Photo credit: Michael Colella of Colella Digital

The Washington Hilton hosted the Tahirih Justice Center for its 17th annual gala, and we stopped by to hear about the important causes for which the organization fights and stands.The Tahirih Justice Center is a nonprofit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence through legal servicesadvocacy, and public education programs. The large umbrella of services provided by Tahirih attract an expansive group of professionals and volunteers, all of whom came out for the evening to provide additional support and celebrate the successes of TJC.

The VIP reception included a swanky open bar and sumptuous passed hors d’oeuvres, which were enjoyed by patrons as they perused both the silent auction and the Amy Lin pearl sale.Starting three years ago, Tahirih partnered with Amy Lin’s Pearls & Jewelry to raise money to protect women and girls from violence. Each year, Amy Lin travels to the United States from Shanghai, China to sell high-quality discounted pearls at home events and office lobby events organized by Tahirih. The Tahirih Justice Center receives 40% of the entire sale. The TJC Gala pearl sale offered an impressive variety to shoppers, with hundreds of pearls of all sizes, shapes, and colors were on display.

Nearly 450 guests were present, including actress and advocate Debra Winger.The leading event sponsor was PepsiCo. The highlight of the program was a live interview of Courageous Voice Honoree, Mercy Cooper, with longtime NPR journalist and award-winning author, Barbara Bradley Hagerty. Meredith Vieira also declared her support through a specially recorded message for the audience. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard received the Congressional Leadership Award, and spoke to the audience about the critical work of Tahirih and the need for comprehensive immigration reform that gives immigrant women and girls the chance to break free from abusers.

The event raised critical funds for the protection of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence, and also exceeded the fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors, listed at http://www.tahirih.org/tahirihs-17th-annual-gala/.

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