Imagining Freedom And Other Rescheduled Events

As our region, country and world continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19, we are announcing several rescheduled events below:

1. Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace

Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace, a benefit for Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), has been rescheduled. We invite you all to join us on the new date, Thursday, Sept. 10, at the FSU Turnbull Center.

The health of our guests and participants is our top priority. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to minimize any potential health risks that large public gatherings can present, the STAC Board decided to postpone. We extend our thanks to everyone in our region who is working to monitor and respond to COVID-19. We are hopeful that we can all come together on Sept. 10 for this important cause.

All proceeds from Imagining Freedom help provide direct assistance to sex and labor trafficking survivors and support education programs throughout the Big Bend. We so appreciate everyone who has purchased a ticket and committed as a sponsor, volunteer, food provider or marketplace vendor. Thank you. We will honor your tickets and all existing sponsorship agreements for the new date in September. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ticket purchase or sponsorship agreement, please contact STAC at or 850-597-2080.

Finally, we encourage everyone to stay informed and updated about COVID-19. Here are some helpful links:

2. Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020, is cancelled. Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Location TBD.

3. March Third Friday Training

Human Trafficking And The Schools Community Training Program has been rescheduled for 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2020.

This certificate program and training with Valerie Ellery with the Florida Department of Education (read more about her below) will address new Florida Department of Education rules regarding human trafficking education, including how schools are impacted, and will help to identify actionable next steps for teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and all Floridians. Understanding your role in prevention and eradication of human trafficking is the ultimate goal of this training. 

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