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Hundreds Unite in the Fort Harrison to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the 4th of June, some 250 guests attended the Gentlemen’s Ball Against Human Trafficking at the Church of Scientology-owned Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater, Florida. The event was produced by Christopher King, grandson of Blues legend B.B. King and founder of the non-profit Gentlemen’s Course. The event raised over $10,000 for Miracles Outreach, a non-profit shelter for human trafficking victims, and the Gentlemen’s Course.

Christopher King (far right), founder of Gentlemen’s Course presenting a donation of $2,500 to Miracles Outreach, a shelter for Human Trafficking victims, at the Church of Scientology-owned Fort Harrison.


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In his speech, Mr. King informed the guests of his non-profit organization, the Gentlemen’s Course, which educates youth on proper etiquette and attire and incorporates the United for Human Rights program. Mr. King addressed the issue of human trafficking and Florida’s prominent role in this burgeoning international crime. As a part of this, a Public Service Announcement from the United for Human Rights program was shown - No Slavery.

Mr. King said, “Human trafficking involves many facets of Human Rights violations. It violates the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, article 4, No Slavery.”

Angela Blaylock from Fortune 500 company, Molina Healthcare, spoke about Molina’s actions to partner with and support non-profit organizations in the community.

Florida House Representative, Ross Spano, spoke next. He spoke very passionately about what he does from his position to help handle human trafficking. This included introducing legislation to protect victims’ rights; ensuring that victims are not prosecuted as criminals.

The event concluded with live entertainment featuring Joanne Edwards, performing a set of R&B classics that had the audience up on their feet.

Upon departing the Fort Harrison, guests received complimentary gift bags with a booklet listing all 30 human rights, as laid out by the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and a DVD giving an introduction to those who wish to learn more about their human rights.

About the Fort Harrison Religious Retreat:
Since its construction in 1927, the Fort Harrison has been the home to many charitable events and community organizations. The Fort Harrison’s current owner, the Church of Scientology, has hosted over 500 community events there since it’s top-to-bottom restoration in 2009. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard and incorporated in 1954. It has since expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. To learn more, visit www.Scientology.org.

Dylan Pires (727) 467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization