But two organizations are working together to try and change that perspective.
SoWeGa Art Performance, based in
SoWeGa Art Performance, created by
It was Dona's daughter, Riki, who sparked the idea for June's human trafficking benefit.
Husband and wife
After watching 2008's "Taken," a film in which
Bartemus currently spends her Wednesday nights in
More information about the organization can be found on their website at www.onelessministries.org.
At her daughter's suggestion, Duckworth and SoWeGa Art decided to make this year's concert one that would reach beyond themselves, and help raise awareness on an issue that affect more than just those on the other side of the world.
"The kids immediately said yes to the idea," said Duckworth. "They recognize that this is an issue we all need to do something about."
With recent busts for human trafficking in both
June's benefit will provide a concert by the SoWeGa Art students, and educational information on human trafficking and slavery.
"Our main focus for the benefit is to raise awareness about human trafficking and slavery," said Duckworth, "But we will also provide information on adoption grants, finding homes for orphans, and poverty."
The event will be hosted by WFXL morning show host
Lilley, whose credits include numerous network show appearances, including spots on "Castle" and "Criminal Minds," currently plays resident bad girl
Duckworth, a fan of the show, felt drawn to Lilley, and reached out to her management team.
"I can't explain it, but every time I watched her on screen, I just thought, 'There is something different about this girl. The way she projected herself and delivered her lines -- she just stuck out to me,' " Duckworth recalled. "I looked her up on Google and saw all of the charities that she supports -- it just seemed like a sign."
"So, I thought, 'Why not ask? The worst that can happen is that they will say no.' "
But that was not the case. Within one day of sending an email to Lilley's manager with information about the event, Duckworth received an email saying, "Jen said yes! Hope you have a blessed Easter!"
"Lilley and her team have been so nice to work with, and I'm so glad she is going to be a part of it," Duckworth said.
A raffle will be held at the event for one winner to receive a special meet-and-greet brunch with Lilley, to take place
"We really just want to use this time to expand outside of our community and reach people around the world," Duckworth said. "A lot of what people can learn is how to spot danger signs, what to do, and how to get help."
Music from Contemporary Christian to Country and Classic will be spotlighted at the concert, produced and performed by SoWeGa Art students.
"They learn everything there is to know about putting on a show," Duckworth said. "They are involved in every aspect of it, and it's a really good learning experience for them."
The concert will take place
"The event is free, but we are hoping to raise funds and awareness for this cause." said Duckworth. "This is an event the whole family can enjoy, and hopefully gain some new perspective on this danger."
"It's something that affects everyone, and we need to know how to deal with it."
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