Cedar Rapids, Iowa (December 19, 2012) – Rescue and Restore, a local organization that will benefit three non-profits committed to ending the sex trafficking of women and children, has announced a May 4 fundraising event entitled “Rescue and Restore: Not For Sale.” The event, featuring a dinner and silent auction, will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Tickets are $100 each, with $50 of each ticket tax deductible.
Co-chairs of the “Rescue and Restore: Not For Sale” event are Bob and Lenchen Raeside and Dr. Pete and Lori Caldwell. The keynote speakers include Bazzel Baz, a former CIA operative who has worked to stop the shadowy underworld of female and child sex trafficking since 1991, Tony Nassif, founder and president of Preventing Abuse Foundation, and Ric Lumbard, CEO of Iowa-based WFM Ministries.
The statistics about human trafficking are staggering:
• There are an estimated 21 million victims of global trafficking each year;
• Between 100,000 and 500,000 children are trafficked into prostitution each year;
• More than 1.5 million children are reported missing annually;
• Human trafficking is the second largest money maker after illegal drugs.
Proceeds from the “Rescue and Restore: Not For Sale” event will benefit three non-profit organizations that work together to end the sexual trafficking of women and children. Two of the organizations have roots in eastern Iowa. Tony Nassif, a native of Cedar Rapids, is the founder and president of the Preventing Abuse Foundation, an organization that educates, motivates, and activates individuals, law enforcement, government officials and the faith community on the issue of human trafficking, child abduction, pornography and the cartels. WFM Ministries is an Iowa-based organization dedicated to the rescue and restoration of those victimized through human trafficking and severe forms of abuse.
The Association For The Recovery of Children, founded by Baz, is comprised of former and active Intelligence, Military, and Law Enforcement personnel dedicated to the recovery of missing and exploited children in the United States and abroad. Dubbed “The Patron Saint of Missing Children” by journalist Diane Dimond, Baz takes on the most impossible cases – including a most recent success featured on Lifetime Television called the Tiffany Rubin Story – and doesn’t charge the heartsick family of the missing a penny. With the crucial volunteer help from other retired intelligence officers, Baz and his team have safely brought “home” 53 children.
“For more than a decade I have worked directly or indirectly with each of these non-profits and their founders and CEOs,” says co-chair Lenchen Raeside. “What I can tell you is that what they do is for real. I have watched these talented individuals spend their energy and personal resources through their non-profit organizations in the effort to prevent abuse and rescue and restore those devastated by human sex trafficking. They have done it with integrity. Some of the stories sound like a scene from a movie than real life. Sadly, the stories are real. The stage of this reality is one of deep darkness and cruel brutality.”For more information or to order tickets to the May 4 “Rescue and Restore: Not For Sale” event, visit www.rescuerestore.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.