On Saturday, December 1, Saving Innocence will hold a celebrity studded red carpet charity event – Hope… Pass It On, Benefit Gala Dinner In Honor of Saving Innocence at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills (8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The event will feature a celebrity red carpet entrance, champagne VIP reception, a silent auction, VIP tables and a three course seated dinner.
Twilight actor, Kellan Lutz, will host the event. As an active supporter of Saving Innocence, Lutz was recently honored by GQ Magazine’s Gentlemen’s Fund for his work with Saving Innocence. An American television and movie star, Lutz is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga film series and will be starring in the Tarzan feature film due out in 2013.
As Lutz puts it, “We all need to stand up to actively protect the innocence of our children.”
Also included in the evening will be musical performances by Rebecca St. James, Caitlin Crosby and Vienne accompanied by dancer Kathryn McCormick.
Other confirmed celebrity guests include film and television stars Zachary Levi, Joel David Moore, AnnaLynne McCord, Marielle Jaffe, Catheryn Brockett, Caitlin Crosby and Rebecca St. James. Grammy award winning recording artist David Hodges, Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton and E! Entertainment host Jason Kennedy will also be in attendance.
Tickets for the event are $150 and can be purchased here or by calling (310) 600-4385. All proceeds from the event will benefit programs through Saving Innocence.
Saving Innocence is focused on rescuing and restoring child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement and social service providers, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety. In 2012, Saving Innocence has already worked with over 150 victims, specifically U.S. citizens. The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the U.S. is 12 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section) At least 100,000 children are victimized by commercial sexual exploitation annually in the U.S. (Estes and Wiener, 2001) One in three teens will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of leaving home and becoming homeless. Saving Innocence has the vision to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth.