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WELCOME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL E.S.S.I. EVENT!!!

Thank you for joining us for a fun-filled evening gala that included

• Dinner reception • Silent auction • Award ceremony • Keynote speaker • Survivor Testimonials • Live auction • Music entertainment • Raffle


as we raise awareness for human trafficking in Houston and help protect you and your loved ones. Proceeds benefit United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) 501c3.

Jan 18, 2019, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The St. Regis Houston, 1919 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027, USA

 
 

OUR RAFFLE SPONSOR

Thank you!

GET YOUR $25 RAFFLE TICKET (5 FOR $100)

Win this Iconic Happy Diamonds Pendant White Gold with 1 moving diamond, valued at $1910. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

 

AUCTION ITEMS

Take a sneak peek of the items we have for you for auction.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

1 week in condo at Angel Fire with round trip tickets for 2
1 week in Orlando in a 2 bedroom condo the week of July 4th, 2 round trip tickets, and 10 disney tickets
Ultimate golf experience with 2-night stay at Pinehurst luxury home for 4
A Year of Date Nights
New Year, New YOU
MMA All The Way!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

Luxury Bottega Veneta handbag
Portrait by world-renowned photographer Bradford
Luxury bag and necklace
"Focus on Love" Art piece
Family Portrait session at home or studio
DIY Garden Kit- 3'x3' raised bed garden kit
Investment Portfolio review
Tax & Financial Planning services
Jess Lea gift basket & Kendra Scott bracelet
Pet gift basket
Power tool set

 
 

MEET OUR MC

JACQUELYN ALUOTTO 

Jacquelyn Aluotto is a visionary. Labeled "The Socially Conscious Fashionista” and the "Underground Documentarian," her passion is to change the world through media, innovation, and activism. Known as a hybrid producer, creator, director, innovator, and activist, Jacquelyn has dedicated her life’s work to making “giving back glamorous and activism sexy.” She has a gift for merging the entertainment, beauty, and technology world with shelters and non-profits across America that are breaking the cycle of violence, poverty, homelessness, and abuse. This thought leader’s philosophy is that we must sustain these organizations to transform communities in crisis and that standing up to injustices becomes the most fashionable thing in the world.

As a popular show host on RBRW Entertainment and Founding Director of FUBU TV’s Conscious Entertainment division, Jacquelyn is the go-to girl for celebrities, activist, influencers, NGOs, and companies, who seek highly effective socially conscious campaigns and brand awareness on national and international levels. She directed the Award Winning Documentary “Not In My Backyard.” In 2012 NIMBY screened in Washington and received a standing ovation from over 63 delegates representing their countries at "The World's Women Conference Of Shelters.”

This powerhouse has presented at universities, summits, screenings, and conferences. She has received congressional recognition and is the recipient of many awards.

Honors and Awards Highlights:

  • 2018- Survivor Unlock Your Voice Honoree Award, Unlock Your Voice Conference

  • 2018 – The MLK Greatness through Service Award, Community of Faith

  • 2017 – Molding Minds through Media and Innovation Award, World

    Youth Foundation

  • 2017 – Dream It, Do It Award, This Woman’s Work

  • 2017 – Moguls In Media, TWEF

  • 2016 – Women Making A Difference Award, The Buffalo Soldier National

    Museum

  • 2015 – Bestseller Common Threads Trilogy Global Sisterhood, 100


Women Influencers

  • The B.O.S.S. Network "Influencer" Award

  • Winnie Mandela Community Service Award

  • Community Service Award, National Society of Leadership and Success,

    New Jersey City University

  • 2010 - Top 10 CEO Women in America 

 

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

KATHRYN GRIFFIN-GRIÑAN

Keynote & Survivor

Kathryn Griffin-Griñan currently serves as the Human Trafficking Director for Precinct One Constable’s Office in Harris County and Program Coordinator at the Texas Department of Correction’s Henley Unit in Dayton, Texas where she runs her program, “Our Road to Freedom.” Her program coordinates with the court system and law enforcement by offering an innovative approach to intervention and treatment. She is the founder, and Recovery Coach & Peer-To-Peer Counselor of We’ve Been There Done That, a Houston based organization that works to rehabilitate survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. Kathryn also serves as an airline ambassador, training others on how to spot sex trafficking victims.


Kathryn’s no nonsense approach in healing and rehabilitating victimized women, children, and men, and her ability to reach the hearts of those she helps is a result of her personal experiences with childhood sexual abuse and the harsh world of prostitution until the age of 43.


Kathryn was born in Inglewood, California and after being adopted, grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She came to Houston at the age of 16 on a scholarship to Texas Southern University. In 1986, she met her biological father, Ed Townsend, the famous producer of Marvin Gay and many others. In that same year, she entered the first of many treatment centers. Afterwards Kathryn pursued a career in the music industry and performed with world-renowned recording artists like Rick James and George Clinton, while battling a $30,000 a month drug addiction. 


After a long battle with drug abuse resulting in incarceration in numerous jails, prisons and over 22 rehab centers; Kathryn was the first graduate of the Harris County STAR Drug Court Program. Today, Kathryn continues her life commitment to saving the lives of others. 


For the past 14 years she has worked with an estimated 10,000 men, women, children and transgendered people.


In 2017, Kathryn received the Biennial Oscar Romero Award from the Board of Rothko Chapel for her work combatting mass incarceration in the fight for human rights and judicial system reforms. 


She has appeared as a notable guest on “The Iyanla Fix My Life Series” “Steve Wilkos Show”, “Dr. Drew Life Changes” and “Jeremy Kyle Show.” She has also hosted The Prison Show on Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT-FM Radio, and has served on many national and local organizations’ boards as a motivational speaker, covering the topics of human trafficking and humanitarian needs.  A proud Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Hermann Park; Kathryn is married to José Griñan, Houston’s Fox TV Morning Show Anchor, and is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of four grandchildren.


The City of Houston proclaimed November 14, 2018 Kathryn Griffin-Griñan Day in celebration of Kathryn’s 15 years of sobriety, her personal and professional accomplishments, and her life story of recovery and rehabilitation—truly an inspiration to many.

MARK (MARQ) TAYLOR

Survivor

Mark (Marq) Taylor is a victim advocate in the fight against domestic minor sex trafficking and shares his own story of victimization to educate others about this horrific crime. He is mobilizing his church in Mableton, Georgia, to address the issue. Mr. Taylor was 11 years old when he met a man who offered to be the mentor he so badly wanted and needed. Instead, the man coerced him into commercial sexual exploitation and trafficked him from age 11 to 17. He finally escaped by jumping from a window when five adult men arrived to participate in his abuse. Today, Mr. Taylor made the journey from victim to survivor to overcomer and advocate. He participates in the Georgia Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and collaborates with national organizations, like Shared Hope International, providing leadership and survivor perspective in the effort to protect children from sex slavery. He speaks at churches across the country raising awareness and telling his story.
Mr. Taylor was a presenter at the 2013 Shared Hope conference and spoke at a human trafficking conference at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and continues to participate in conferences for local organizations. Mr. Taylor is the chairperson for membership of the National Survivors Network (NSN). Membership has increased by more than 80 percent since he has been in that role. He implemented a mentor/mentee program within NSN. He also implemented a webcam interviewing process for potential members of NSN.
Mr. Taylor started a website for his organization called The Buddy House, Inc., and is seeking funding and a location to open a drop-in center for young boys and men who are survivors of human trafficking to receive services that will allow them to return back to the community as productive citizens. Mr. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications, an associate’s degree in Medical Assisting, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

CARMEN CUNEO

Rotary 5890 District Governor

Carmen Cuneo is the 2018-2019 District Governor of Rotary District 5890. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves (rotary.org). Carmen is a member of the Rotary Club of the University Area – Houston, and a dedicated Rotarian who has served at the club and district level for several years. As District Governor, Carmen has initiated a Peace Conference, occurring in February 2019, where several areas affecting peace – e.g. human trafficking, public policies, and respect - will be discussed. In addition to supporting local Rotary clubs, Carmen oversees projects initiated by the Rotary Task Force Against Human Trafficking in an effort to combat human trafficking in Houston.

Carmen has a 23-year career in construction that has seen her travel to Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. During her construction career, Carmen worked as a Laborer, became a Master Electrician, and later served as a Project Manager on major construction projects including a strategic alliance for telecommunications facilities, a joint venture for a hotel reconstruction, and new construction for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

In 2014, Carmen was licensed as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently works in private practice at The Cuneo Firm of Public Accountancy.


Carmen has two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Carmen enjoys gardening, bike riding, bird watching, photography, and Astros Baseball.

 

ABOUT E.S.S.I.

Empower. Stand. Serve. Impact

E.S.S.I. consists of a group of individuals, many of whom are Rotarians, passionate about making a difference in the community. We believe that our community would be a better place if every individual, business, and organization embraces and addresses a cause that ultimately results in improving the community.


The objective in initiating an annual E.S.S.I. event is to Empower people to embrace a worthy cause, encourage them to Stand for their belief in that cause, Serve through various avenues and resources, and positively Impact the community in so doing. This year’s event will help raise awareness about sex and labor trafficking in Houston.


All proceeds from this year's event will go to UAHT (United Against Human Trafficking), a 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to end human trafficking through awareness, education, and outreach.

 
 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS!

 

YOUR NAME HERE

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APACHE CORPORATION

DR. NGUYEN "TOM" GRIGGS & KIMBERLY PHIPPS-NICHOL

ERIC BARTZ

 

CAROLINE VETTERING

DAVID DECASPER

LJ MOODY

 

AUCTION ITEM DONORS

•Audrey Reed
•Bejay's Photography 
•Blue Water Studio, Houston
•Bradford Renaissance Portraits
•BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) 
•Carol Lester
•Cut You By Court hair salon
•Dan Perez
•DogDenGolf
•Donna Roy
•Gateway ACE Hardware
•Harrisburg Rotary Club
•Healing KinetiX
•Houston Museum Of Natural Science
•J and W Janitorial Services
•James Adams  
•Jess Lea Boutique 
•Jim Boston
•Johnny Marquez
•Judith Bretthauer
•Kendra Scott
•Lindsey Barra
•Maggie and Sanjay Sharma
•Marcelo Nolasco da Cunha
•Okome Don
•Oporto Midtown
•Robin Jackson Photography
•Sang Joon Song
•Southwest Airlines
•St Regis Hotel
•Sunny and Rashmi Sharma
•The Goff Financial Group
•The Little Bird, Houston
•Urban Organics
•Warehouse Live

PARTNERS

•Anonymous

•Bellaire Southwest Houston Rotary Club

•Rotary Club of Houston Skyline

•Rotary Club of West U

•C.A.Thorp Studio, Inc

•Charlie Horse Photos

•C2Imaging

•Grab The Mic Productions

•Rotary District 5890 Task Force on Ending Human Trafficking

•St Regis Hotel

•Real Beauty Real Women (RBRW)

•Maria Alvarado

•Glammedbyeviee makeup