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Betty Be Good & Partners Raise $8,875 for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Posted on October 07 2019

Liberty In Style was a fashion show with purpose as twenty-five models from ages 6 to 65 years old walked the runway in fifty fall styled looks from Betty Be Good to raise support for survivors of human trafficking at Engedi Refuge.

The fashion show on September 26th presented an array of styles from the fall collection of Betty Be Good and the footwear collection of G.H. Bass Shoes at Birch Bay Square mall in Blaine, WA.

Twin sisters, Riki Hume & Loni Staryki adults walk with twins Madelyn & Hadley Fitzgerald.

Highlights of the show included Betty Girl models aged 6-11 years old with their mothers, aunts and even a double pair of twins.

"The audience was lively and enthusiastic especially when our new Betty Girl models under 12 years old walked down the runway. We had granddaughters walk with their grandmas, twin adult sisters walk with twin girls and a new puppy walk the runway with his adopted owner," said Suzanne Smith, Betty Be Good Owner & benefit organizer. 

tween fashion dress leopard print girls

The audiences cheered throughout the show yet cheered the loudest for the Betty Girl models and our fury friend Oakley the puppy wearing fashions from Bow Wow & Woofs. 
dog & owner fashion

Following the rousing fashion show, Emcees Tara Teng, former Miss Canada 2011-2012 and Lynette Morgan of Praise 106.5fm radio entertained and educated the audience about the reality of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Whatcom County and beyond.  
Lynette Morgan Praise 106.5 & Tara Teng blogger activist against human trafficking

Lea Newomb, Co-Founder of Engedi Refuge shared stories of recovery while attendees opened their hearts and minds to this important cause. 

On final tally Liberty In Style raised $8,875 for Engedi Refuge which will fund their recovery programs including trauma counselling, case management, housing, and plenty of other support services to rehabilitate survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  

"Human trafficking breaks my heart over and over again," said Smith. "But nights like this they mend it and give me hope that we can overcome this problem. We can give survivors hope again. Thank you for supporting the important work of Engedi." 

Three generations mom, daughter, granddaughter fashion company

To donate to the cause and learn more about Engedi Refuge visit www.engedirefuge.com.

Photo credits Jonathan Harbst Photography. 

Thank you to the corporate donors!

 

 

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