JUST IN: New Friends New Life Reveals WINGS Luncheon Honorees

Reveals are sprouting up like tulips at the Arboretum during Dallas Blooms. The latest is the announcement of the people/organizations that will be honored at the New Friends New Life 12th Annual WINGS Luncheon at the Hyatt Regecy.

The reveal took place last night at Carolyn Miller‘s home. The following will be toasted at the April 10 fundraiser:

    • The 2015 Local ProtectHer Honoree: The Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center empowers the community’s youngest victims. Each year, more than 9,700 youth, ages 10 to 17, come into contact with Dallas County law enforcement. Many have run away to escape physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect. A partnership between NFNL and the Letot Girls Center is sending licensed professional counselors to the Letot Center to provide sexual abuse recovery therapy to high risk and trafficked teen girls. Research shows when treatment services are provided in conjunction with vital community resources both the youth and family benefit, and the statistics for long term success improve.
    • The 2015 State ProtectHER Honoree: The Texas Department of Public Safety‘s (DPS) mission is to protect and serve Texas in an ever-changing threat environment. Their Human Trafficking Squad – located in Dallas, is the first in the state.   In 2009, DPS, working with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, developed the Interdiction for the Protection of Children Program to train over 7,000 patrol officers on detection, interdiction and rescue of child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation as well as the proper handling of such cases. For most of these children a skilled and well-informed patrol officer is their only hope of being rescued.
    • The 2015 National ProtectHER Honoree: Sabre is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Headquartered in Southlake, Sabre operates offices in approximately 60 countries around the world.   In 2012, as part of Sabre’s corporate responsibility program to help bring positive social change, Sabre developed “Passport to Freedom” – a program designed to help fight human trafficking and provide support to victims and survivors. Sabre’s goals for Passport to Freedom include increasing awareness and educating the travel industry on human trafficking issues, advocating for legislative change, and providing opportunities for travel industry leaders to collaborate on how to positively make a difference in one of the world’s worst crimes. This comprehensive initiative seeks to unite the travel and tourism industry to fight child sex trafficking and human slavery.

The event is being chaired by Jeanne Johnson Phillips with Ruth Altshuler and former First Lady Laura Bush serving as honorary chairs.

Award-winning actor/director Kevin Costner will be the headline speaker.

Tickets are $175. For more information, visit www.newfriendsnewlife.org or call 214.965.0935.