Costa Mesa, CA, August 24, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University will host the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking on Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The luncheon will raise money to fund human trafficking initiatives in Orange County and beyond. Lead event sponsors include Jasmine Shodja and Karen and Barry Meguiar.
The annual luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Morgan, brings research, education and advocacy to the issues of human trafficking. This year, Dr. Morgan, who is the director for the GCWJ and a former administrator for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, will illustrate how vital education is in preventing trafficking crimes.
Over 300 guests are expected to attend the Newport Beach event.
“We are passionate about educating and empowering others to overcome great obstacles,” said Jasmine Shodja, Priceless Luncheon chair and vice president of Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. “By watching the ripple effects of the work done to combat human trafficking here and around the world, and being a small part of the force behind, it is an inspiration and a reason to face every day with strength and hope.”
The annual Diamond Award winners will also be announced at the event. The Diamond Award honors individuals and organizations whose commitment and efforts promote justice for women and children affected by human trafficking in Orange County. The Honorable Ed Royce, United States House of Representatives, will be presenting the awards along with his wife, Marie.
Tickets to attend the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorships are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon.
To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.
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ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.
ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu