Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Somaly Mam Benefit in New York

From Superior Pics Celebrity Forums

From the Somaly Mam Foundation:

The Somaly Mam Foundation held a fund raising event in New York last Tuesday that attracted super model Petra Nemcova and Bar Rafaeli, Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend.

At the event, The Somaly Mam Foundation held 2 sold out viewings of the movie Holly.

Major sponsors included Diane von Furstenberg, Glamour Magazine, LexisNexis, and Joseph Abboud.

Hosting the event and speakers for the evening included Petra Nemcova; Abigail Disney; Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, and LexisNexis Global CEO, Andy Prozes. The evening began with a red carpet entrance where media such as Dateline, People Magazine, OK, US Weekly, and a local New York news channel interviewed the special guests.


From One India:

Witnessing human trafficking first-hand during a recent visit to Cambodia left supermodel-turned-humanitarian Petra Nemcova totally shaken and horrified. Nemcova was so shocked by the experience that she teamed up with Southeast Asian-based charity the Somaly Mam Foundation in an effort to raise awareness for the devastating crimes.

"It makes me so angry. Girls and boys get sold as young as four-years-old and are put in animal cages. Some of them never see the light anymore," Contactmusic quoted her as saying. "We met this girl who was 13 and a pimp made her lose her right eye. The words 'pimp' and 'child' should never be in the same sentence," she added.

The Czech Republic-born model was very much moved by the foundation and its work, with its main purpose being to seek and rescue women and girls from the horrors of a life in brothels or on the streets. Nemcova displayed her support by wearing a dress hand-sewn by women rescued by the group, to a recent charity gala.

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