Thursday, October 16, 2014

Upcoming Casino Night in Southern Florida to Benefit the Slavery and Exploitation Abolition Movement

Linda Ponder - October 8, 2014 - The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites the South Florida community to their second annual Casino Night. The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) is the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The themed event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at The Fairways on the Key – Crandon Park Golf Course (located at 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL. 33149).
As of today, The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 20,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way. Last year’s event raised money to fund various projects locally and globally. Ninety percent of funds raised impacted children on a local level.
“The EDGE set a goal during last year’s Casino Night to double the number of children to be impacted by the 2013 Casino Night event, and they not only achieved their aggressive goal, they surpassed it,” said Mercy Hernandez, founder and president of the EDGE Charitable Foundation.
EDGE Flyer
The Casino Night’s lounge-style setting promises to become the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s humanitarian event of the year. CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala which attracts a vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities. The evening will also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.” During the evening, guests will enjoy classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails. Attire for the event will be black and white chic.
If purchased in advance, tickets for the second annual Casino Night start at $75 per person and include an open bar, food, cocktails and $30 in chips. Tickets will cost $100 at the door and are limited to the first 500 players (must be 21 years of age). Winnings have no actual cash value but guests will receive prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets for the event online, visit and search “The EDGE Casino Night.” For more information on the EDGE Charitable Foundation, visit For sponsorship opportunities, email Mercy Hernandez at or call 305-298-1763.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Crowdfunding Site,, Launches to Combat Human Trafficking Atrocities

Platform Fights Mounting Humanitarian Crisis Nationwide and Globally

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Sept. 23, 2014
– It's now tied for the world's second largest criminal enterprise and its product is human beings. Currently, an estimated 29.8 million people are the victims of human trafficking, including 300,000 children at risk of trafficking in the United States alone. Now joining the crusade for what our president has called "one of the greatest human rights causes of our time" is the newly launched crowdfunding website,

Putting the power to fight this problem in the hands of people everywhere, is a voice for this issue that has gone underserved for far too long. Few realize there are more people enslaved today than any time in history.

“Human trafficking is now estimated to be a $150 billion a year industry; in stark contrast, approximately 1 percent of that budget is available for the groups struggling to fight against it," said ENDcrowd founder, Joe Schmidt. "ENDcrowd is focusing on the heart of the problem, driving both funding to stop this injustice and awareness of how prominent and close to home it actually is. We believe that, together, we can be the crowd that ends human trafficking forever.”

Differing from the conventional philanthropic practice in which people donate money to an overarching cause or organization, ENDcrowd employs targeted giving campaigns for specific projects that will allow audiences to become modern day abolitionists and engage with organizations fighting slavery at its source. For example, people can currently support ENDcrowd campaigns that will fund:
·         A van to transport students to and from school in a Cambodian town, thus preventing the risk of being trafficked.
·         Supplies enabling women rescued from human trafficking in India to make and sell jewelry in order to earn livable wages and emerge from poverty.
·         A motorcycle for transportation and training for staff and other leaders of community watch groups in areas of Sierra Leone.
·         Development of an electronic toolkit to educate students across the United States on key safety measures that can prevent trafficking.

The ENDcrowd campaigns are each partnered with and support an established nonprofit working to help survivors or prevent further trafficking, domestically and internationally. Through the crowdfunding platform, similar in format to Kickstarter, visitors can learn more about these programs and select to support ones they feel passionately about, making donations in any dollar amount. Donors will receive updates on projects they support, and even get pictures of the final results, such as the purchased van actually taking children to and from school.

ENDcrowd's founder, motivated by his faith and a desire to make a difference in the world, created the website to give people a clear, tangible path to participate in the fight against human trafficking, and to also ensure people understand the problem is real, rampant and happening in their own backyard.
"Beyond the sheer size of the problem, what many people don't realize is that human trafficking is an equal opportunity atrocity. It can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. It happens in all 50 states – right here in America," said Schmidt. "And it's right here in America that I hope we can ignite a global movement empowering those who are free to forever change lives around the world with just a click of a button and a generous heart."

Fifteen campaigns are currently active to support some of the world’s top freedom fighters and a number of corporations have already stepped up to match donations on many of the projects. To learn more and become part of the ENDcrowd helping end human trafficking, visit and get in on the conversation at @theendcrowd and

About ENDcrowd
Endeavoring to put an end to human trafficking, both nationally and internationally, ENDcrowd is a nonprofit crowdfunding platform aiming to raise money and awareness for this hugely underserved cause. It partners with established charities around the world to host their specific targeted giving campaigns that will truly make a tangible and immediate impact in the fight against modern-day slavery. ENDcrowd's parent organization, Audacity Factory, is a think-tank incubator based in Raleigh, North Carolina, that develops and drives initiatives to bring attention to underpublicized, underfunded – yet critical – domestic and global matters. Its mission is to positively impact the lives of 10 million people over the next 10 years. For more information, please visit and

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