During the holidays, everyone is more inclined to do more charitable things, be kind and take action. That's an amazing effort but what's even more amazing are organizations like Season of Change to help remind us to initiate change year round. I was more than honored to be a part of the Season of Change's plight to end human trafficking and raise awareness on the issue.
It's not "an overseas problem", it's an Orange County situation. Here are some shocking stats:
"Since 2004, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) has rescued more than 450 victims of human trafficking that include both adults and minors."
Honestly, I had no idea. It's a terrifying thought that this is happening in our backyards. Education is key -- "cast a stone, create a ripple." If you want to make a change, you first need to be a change.
Thank you to OCHTTF, Season of Change and OPM for having me at such an incredible event with so many amazing and influential people. I learned a lot and it opened my eyes to situations and circumstances I wasn't aware about.
With Season of Change creator Yvon Nguyen. The event helped raise funds and spread awareness for human trafficking within Orange County's Asian American communities.
Council Member of Huntington Beach Billy O'Connell and Meg McComb, President of McComb Insurances
Season of Change Yvon Nguyen with Council Member of Westminster Diana Carey
Audrey, Samantha and I with Council Member of Huntington Beach Billy O'Connell
Anaheim Police Department Sergeant Juan Reveles, Megan McComb, McComb Insurance Services President Meg McComb, Dr. Lisa Snider of Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Comerica Bank International Finance Department Vice President Catherine Nguyen, Mayor of Garden Grove Bao Nguyen, City of Westminster Council Member Diana Carey, Season of Change Creator Yvon Nguyen, Orange County Transit Authority Sr. Community & Business Relations Specialist Bekele Demissie, CEO and Founder of VoiceStep Telecom, LLC Tan Tran, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Gia Ly, Director of Community Service Programs Victim Assistance Programs Lita Mercado, Partner at Harper & Harper Hang Harper, and ArrowGTP Founder Shaun Ly
Many people asked where my dress was from and yes because this is a fashion blog, I will be talking about FASHION and giving you a tip on what to wear to a cocktail event.
Fashion Tip: I really didn't know what cocktail attire meant but I usually don't wear floor length gowns unless it's a wedding. So my next best guess was anything just passed the knees. It's classy and as you can see with a little bit of lace and some bare shoulders, the right amount of sexy.
My last note to you isn't just for you. It's something I'm telling myself everyday. Doing what's right shouldn't just be increased during the holidays. It's something we should try to do for ourselves and others everyday. It starts with us. "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Happy 1st of December. Make it one to remember!