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HTAP receives Eileen Fisher grant 

By Staff | Mar 1, 2013

From left, Allison Martins, Yvonne Luckett of HTAP, Sanibel store manager Ruth Mayer, Nola Theiss of HTAP, and Beate Hambster, Florida area manager for Eileen Fisher.

Nola Theiss, executive director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP), acknowledges the receipt of the Eileen Fisher 2012 Human Rights Grant for its work on the issue of human trafficking in the United States.

The purpose of the funding is to further HTAP’s prevention program to bring further awareness of the issue to the public and to continue its coalition building efforts.

“We were thrilled to be selected as one of two beneficiaries in this grant competition and especially honored to be chosen as the North American recipient,” said Theiss. “The Eileen Fisher Company has been a leader in the garment industry for its fair trade and sustainable work policies. We are proud to be associated with them at the corporate and local level.”

The Eileen Fisher store on Sanibel has hosted shopping days for three years giving 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to HTAP. At last Friday’s event, $2,200 was raised. At each of these events, paintings by students and trainers in the ArtReach program are displayed.

“On behalf of Eileen Fisher, we are pleased to be involved with an organization that brings awareness of human trafficking to so many people,” Sanibel store manager Ruth Mayer said. “We are so proud of the work Nola Theiss does. It is a pleasure to be part of her team.”

“Bling Bash to Smash Slavery” is scheduled on April 6 at Eileen Fisher, Cip’s and the Forever Green Shops co-hosting HTAP’s first annual signature event from 3 to 6 p.m. Four jewelry designers will be selling their artistic work, a silent auction will be held, light refreshments and a cash bar as well as part of the proceeds from reserved dinners at Cip’s all benefit HTAP.

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