[Dallas -- Tuesday, April 2] – For 280+ straight days little Vivienne Harr, a nationally recognized child entrepreneur and activist who founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid, has set up her lemon-aid stand to stamp out child slavery and human trafficking. In 2012 alone she raised more than $150,000 at her stand and on crowdfunding site, Fundly.
This week, dressed in her pink tutu, Harr will be in Dallas raising money for the Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center, spreading the word about ending human trafficking and the suffering of children worldwide. She will set up her stand at several iconic areas of Dallas County, with Photo-Ops, from this Thursday through Sunday and ending with a Monday morning press conference at the Letot center — with her lemon-aid stand — and personally give Letot her Dallas donations! (see below for press availability). She will be accompanied by her Dallas-area supporter and good friend, Stephanie McAndrew.
Vivienne “counts every penny because every penny counts. You never know which penny will free a child and change the world. And we can start right here in Dallas, helping the girls at the Letot Center!”
The new 96-bed, 55,000-square-foot Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center is the first of its kind in North Texas and the nation. It is a place where “invisible girls” ages 13 to 17 who have experienced extreme abuse and exploitation in human trafficking – will benefit from six to 12 months of long-term treatment and shelter safe from pimps, as well as ongoing community-based support for themselves and their families. Dirt is expected to move on this new center in the next few weeks. Among its many benefactors are civic leaders such as Lauren Embrey, Craig Evans, Sarah Losinger and Caren Prothro who co-chaired the funding campaign.
Key partners involved in this project are the Dallas County Commissioners Court and the Dallas County Juvenile Department, which plans to cover the Girls’ Residential Treatment Center’s operating expenses in its budget. In addition, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is interested in addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children, both locally and nationally, and has committed $1 million to the project. Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, Dallas County Juvenile Services and her department will welcome Harr and “Make-A-Stand, Inc.” and join her at her Victory Park lemonade stand this Sunday, April 7th to lend a helping hand and prepare for her visit to the Letot Girls’ Center on Monday for the BIG event.
MAKE-A-STAND, INC. SPC
“Make a Stand, Inc. SPC, a social purpose company, started more than 10 months ago, when Vivienne saw a photo in Lisa Kristine’s book Slavery of two Nepalese boys (see attachment), carrying giant slate rocks with straps across their heads. She knew this was wrong, stating: “Compassion is not compassion without action.”
At her lemon-aid stand, Vivienne encourages people “pay what’s in their hearts.” Although she exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $150,000 in 2012, she won’t stop until her mission is accomplished and child slavery is ended in her lifetime. When her parents said: “Honey, you reached your goal. You’re done,” Vivienne said: “Is child slavery done? Then, I’m not done.” Currently MAS is raising funds on Fundly to “Bottle the Movement” and make her lemon-aid available to anyone, anywhere. Net profits will to organizations committed to ending child slavery.
For information about the current MAS campaign, visit:
Thursday, Friday, April 4th/5th:
FOUNDERS PLAZA, (Corner of Elm and Market St)
(Lemonade Stand will be on the Elm Street side)
On-cams, Radio and Print (please see Media Contacts below)
Photo-ops will be available on ALL days.
Saturday, April 6th:
KLYDE-WARREN PARK (between the Children’s Park and Reading Room — center west side).
Here is the map: http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/Park-Map/index.html
Sunday, April 7th
VICTORY PLAZA (S.E. Corner/near WFAA)
Attendees: Dr. Terry Smith, Dallas County, Commissioner Theresa Daniel, etc.
Monday, April 8th:
FINALE! LETOT GIRLS’S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER
10505 Denton Drive, Dallas, Texas 75220
(various Elected Officials including Commissioner Elba Garcia in attendance)
MEDIA STAGING, CONTACTS:
For Media Staging, Events Coordination:
For L.A. interviews, (radio/print), contact:
Beth Waitkus, 415-730-6301, firstname.lastname@example.org
For on the ground Dallas interviews contact:
Sandy Hibbard, 214-208-3987, email@example.com
For Juvenile Department:
Dr. Terry Smith, PhD, Executive Director Dallas County Juvenile Department
Allison M. Harris, MPA | Resource Development, Dallas County Juvenile Department
Maria Arita, Chief PIO Dallas County