American Idol Contestants Sing at HIU for Anti-Sex Trafficking Cause
Once again, the auditorium at Hope International University (HIU) will be the venue for a social justice cause, this time an event to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Changed Not Chained: A Benefit Concert is set for this Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The event will run for two hours and will feature artists like former American Idol contestants Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban, Marvels Dance Company, and many more.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states that trafficking is third highest grossing global crime, accumulating an estimated $9.5 billion every year. It only takes $10, the price of a ticket to Changed Not Chained, to help counter the effects of trafficking. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit My Refuge House, a non-profit organization that provides safe lodging and care for women and children in the Philippines who have been rescued from sex trafficking.
According to Hope alumna Jessica Ruf (BA ’11), a group of students from eight different universities, led by Jezyrose Madarang of CSU Fullerton, have come together to organize the concert. Ruf and her fiancé, JoJo Nieves (BA ’10), have both been on the development team for the event.
“We are hoping to raise a significant amount of money for my Refuge House,” Ruf said. “They are currently building new facilities because they have outgrown their old building. Funds will help support construction.”
Tickets are available for purchase. General admission is $10 and can be purchased online or at the door, while $20 VIP seating must be purchased in advance. VIP ticket holders should arrive at 6 p.m. for special front row seating, food, drinks, and a chance to meet the evening’s featured performers.