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Sanibel businesses supporting HTAP program

By Staff | Feb 18, 2013

Nola Theiss

On Friday, Feb. 22, the Eileen Fisher store at 2055 Periwinkle Way is supporting Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships’ (HTAP) ARTREACH program by donating 10 percent of all proceeds of the day to HTAP and double points for their customers.

Art produced by middle and high school girls in Lee County will be on exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. It is the third year in a row the Eileen Fisher store has supported HTAP.

In addition, the Eileen Fisher Foundation recently recognized HTAP as its only Human Trafficking/Human Rights North American grant recipient for its trafficking prevention work.

On April 6, Eileen Fisher and CIP’s Restaurant and the Forever Green Shops host HTAP’s first annual “Bling Bash to Smash Slavery” event.

Four jewelry designers will sell their creations , from 3-6 p.m. and donating part of their proceeds to HTAP. They also are donating pieces for a raffle. A silent auction will be held and there will be a fun table of donated jewelry with the theme of “From Downton Abbey to Abbey Road” with vintage pieces made available for a contribution to HTAP.

Entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar hosted by CIP’s will be available. People who dine at CIP’s during the event or in the evening can designate part of their check be contributed to HTAP.

Artwork created by students through HTAP’s ARTREACH program will be on exhibit.

Nola Theiss, founder and executive director of HTAP, says, “We have been so appreciative of the support shown to us by the Sanibel community since we formed in 2006. We hope Bling Bash will become our signature fundraiser where we can showcase students’ art and the work of fabulous jewelry designers.”

Two of the jewelry designers, Colleen Crandall and Patricia O’Hara, currently are holding trunk shows at the Ritz-Carlton and the Waldorf-Astoria hotels in Naples. Local designers Wendy Miller and Lindy Holt will sell their nature inspired designs. The designers are contributing a percentage of sales to HTAP.

For more information call Nola Theiss at 239-292-3834.