Church of Scientology’s Charity Coalition to Highlight Cooperative Efforts to Eliminate Human Trafficking

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the 17th of August, the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization will host 140 members of non-profit organizations in the historic Fort Harrison for the bi-monthly Charity Coalition Luncheon.

Guests filled the Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom at the June 2016 Charity Coalition Luncheon. Launched in September of 2014, the Charity Coalition Luncheons bring together a diverse group of non-profit directors, volunteers and supporters for networking and educational purposes.

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The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT) will be the spotlight charity.

Founded in 2004, FCAHT provides assistance to the victims of human trafficking, as well as giving educational seminars to help the general public spot signs of human trafficking.

“Florida is third in the United States in terms of human trafficking,” said Dylan Pires, Community Affairs Officer for the Church of Scientology and chairman of the Coalition. “The Tampa Bay area has a high rate of human trafficking – victims of which bring with them a whole host of issues, such as drug addiction, malnutrition and posttraumatic stress. By having FCAHT featured, it will provide our other partnership charities the opportunity to see how they can use their own resources to help.”

On average, representatives from 40 different charities attend the luncheons, offering programs that tackle homelessness, illiteracy, drug addiction and environmental issues. Included in the program, which starts at 11:30am, is time to network and collaborate on projects.

For the educational portion of the luncheon, St. Pete Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer will present a short workshop on utilizing YouTube and other digital media formats to promote one’s non-profit. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater currently offers free classes in creating content for YouTube, which Mr. Armer will also discuss.

“The Charity Coalition luncheons began in 2014 to bring like-minded groups together,” continued Mr. Pires. “Our Church’s founder, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, wrote that ‘A community that pulls together can make a better society for all,’ which is what this luncheon is all about.”

One hundred and seventy eight non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area have participated in the Charity Coalition since its inception.

To RSVP for the August 17th Charity Coalition luncheon, please contact Dylan at or call 727-467-6860.

About the Church of Scientology:
The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 165 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs, such as anti-drug campaigns, human rights campaigns and global education programs. To learn more, visit

About the Fort Harrison
Constructed in 1926, the Fort Harrison has served as the international religious retreat for the Church of Scientology since 1975. Providing guest facilities for Scientologists from all over the world, the Fort Harrison also makes its ballroom and auditorium facilities open to non-profits for their events, meetings and fundraisers.

Pat Harney 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization