An Evening to Honor Survivors: reception and art silent auction

(Left) Laramie Boyd Gorbett, executive director and founder of Empower Art, describes a collaboration between RST and Empower Art. (Right) Mandalas made by survivors on display at the event. (All photos were provided by Carol Smith.)

(Left) Laramie Boyd Gorbett, executive director and founder of Empower Art, describes a collaboration between RST and Empower Art. (Right) Mandalas made by survivors on display at the event. (All photos were provided by Carol Smith.)

The RST Austin Survivors of Trafficking (SOT) team worked in collaboration with several local groups to organize "An Evening to Honor Survivors: Reception and Art Silent Auction" on Friday, October 25. The event, which promoted and generated resources for RST's SOT program, marked the end of a week-long campaign, called FREE Austin, to create awareness and end slavery in Austin. Scroll down to view some photos taken that evening.

Guests add to an interactive display signifying each person's courageous path through life.  

Guests add to an interactive display signifying each person's courageous path through life.

 

The reception and silent auction was held at Penn Field.  

The reception and silent auction was held at Penn Field.

 

Allies Against Slavery CEO John Nehme brings the evening, as well as the week-long FREE Austin campaign, to a close

Allies Against Slavery CEO John Nehme brings the evening, as well as the week-long FREE Austin campaign, to a close

Refugee Services of Texas CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger offers words of encouragement for survivors and thanks to guests of the event.

Refugee Services of Texas CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger offers words of encouragement for survivors and thanks to guests of the event.

Women of Vision provided the evening's refreshments.

Women of Vision provided the evening's refreshments.

One display board featured messages from survivors; another allowed guests to post words of encouragement.

One display board featured messages from survivors; another allowed guests to post words of encouragement.