15th Annual Gala Recap

Modern-Day Slavery - It Ends With Us

On May 9th, Angeleno Magazine produced CAST’s 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Event at the beautiful Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Built around the theme, “Modern-Day Slavery, It Ends With Us”, the event provided CAST with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the social and systematic changes that occur when a coalition of diverse and dedicated community members, business leaders, volunteers, donors, students and survivors come together to put an end to modern-day slavery.

As for the program…it may have been our best yet! Honorary Event Host, Jada Pinkett Smith and her daughter Willow Smith brought attention to the horrific abuses that occur to children, women and men who are forced into slavery right here in the U.S. each and every day. Actress, Sara Rue lent her support by generously serving as the event emcee. Additionally, classical pianist and recipient of CAST’s 2013 Creative Impact Award, Chloe Flower performed a few of the songs she composed about modern-day slavery. Journalist, Lisa Ling; actor, Jericho Rosales; and singer, Nicole Scherzinger graciously participated as presenters and spokespeople during the evening as well.

Susan and Rena Stern received a 2013 Founder’s Leadership Award for helping to rescue a trafficking survivor from her situation and for their continued work as modern-day abolitionists. Sasha Lieblein and Anna Stern were honored with a 2013 Founder’s Leadership Award for raising awareness about human trafficking at their schools. Watch their student-made video about their work.

Pasi was honored with the 2013 Courage Award for her bravery in overcoming her situation and reaching out to other survivors of human trafficking. To see why there was not a dry eye in the room, please watch her video below.

Guests were treated to an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a beautiful program. Upon departure, guests received generously donated products from Dermalogica, along with items from Badger Balm, Choice Organic Tea, and bSafe app cards.

At the event, we launched a Freedom Campaign with a goal of raising $300,000 by June 30, 2013. Just over $200,000 was generated from this effort. There is still much work to be done though, and with your help, we believe that together we can--and will-- raise the remaining $98,000 that we so urgently need to ensure human trafficking victims continue to receive our help.

We urge you to please consider a donation through our Freedom Campaign. Every contribution makes a very real difference.

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15th Annual Event Photos

Pasi Receives 2013 Courage Award

Honorary Chairperson

  • Jada Pinkett Smith

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Sara Rue
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Russell Simmons
  • Mira Sorvino

Honorary Committee

  • David Arquette
  • Nancy Baldwin
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Thomas Blumenthal
  • Rabbi Sharon Brous
  • Teresa & Sean Burton
  • Kelly & Christopher Davis
  • Peggy & George DiCaprio
  • Erica & Jerome A. Fink
  • Chloe Flower
  • Amy Wakeland & Eric Garcetti
  • Hill Harper
  • Alan Klein
  • Sr. Catherine Marie Kreta, CSJ
  • Ju Y. Park
  • June Pulcini
  • Carol Ruiz
  • Elizabeth & Hamid Soroudi
  • Senator Darrell Steinberg
  • Susan Jacoby Stern & Joel Stern
  • Lindsey & Mike Trozzo
  • Jane Wurwand