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Break Every Chain Benefit and Auction

When: Fri., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. 2015

Over 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking today, and the folks at Universole are trying to do something about it. “I have been going on mission trips to Romania annually with my family since I was nine,” explains CEO Erika McKelvey. “When I was 13 years old, I taught four orphan girls how to sew and they later got jobs at sewing factories.” These experiences would become the foundation of Universole, a nonprofit organization that works in impoverished areas to provide women with leather and shoe-making skills. The shoes and accessories these women create are then sold on the nonprofit’s website. On Friday, the second annual Break Every Chain Benefit and Auction will raise money for Universole. Event-goers will be able to hear firsthand about the effects of human trafficking when survivor Anna Malika speaks. Attendees can enjoy food from Swig and Swine, Mike’s Peanuts, Charleston Outdoor Catering, The Market Cafe at Boone Hall Farm, Paolo’s Gelato Italiano, and more. And beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. High 5 will play cover songs, and Irene Rose will perform her country-influenced songs. There will also be a wide variety of products up for bid in the auction — from hot air balloon rides to vacation rentals to a hog hunt for two.

Sarah Eastwood

Price: $40/advance, $45/night of event

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