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Important Charity Started by Central Floridians


While this isn’t completely Central Florida-centric in nature, it does relate to two very special Central Floridians. I also told a friend of mine who is friends with said Central Floridians I’d help promote the cause, so here we go….

This actually is a pretty amazing thing if you read into it. Founded in 2003 by Anup Patel and his fiance Rina Patel while at the University of Florida, Cents of Relief is an organization that brings attention & awareness to, what I understand, is a common yet taboo topic: women and children trafficked into prostitution. Here is their mission statement, as found on their website:

Cents of Relief endeavors to allow vulnerable populations, particularly women in prostitution and their children, access to healthcare and prevention from human trafficking. Our projects are dedicated towards providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare, and stopping human trafficking in hopes of permitting these individuals to enjoy the basic necessities of life.”

How You Can Help

If you happen to be in the NYC area next week, on Thursday, March 11th, please consider attending this party for Cents of Relief. I would love to go but…obviously, I live in Orlando. Tickets to the event are very affordable and are donated for the cause. Event details are included in the flier below.

If you’re not going to be in the New York City area later this month but would like to learn more about Cents of Relief, including how you can donate and get involved, please visit their website. And give a big shout-out to Anup and Rina for bringing awareness to this important topic.

Good wishes to Cents of Relief with their event!

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  • Rina Patel
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Thank you, Ashley for the kind post! I wish you were able to make it up, but soon we will bring it back with an event in O-town where it all started 🙂

    • akeorlando
      Thursday, 4 March 2010

      You are beyond welcome, Rina! Thanks to you & Anup for doing something so great. We would love to be part of an event should you bring it to Central Florida.

  • John Raser
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Great write up, Ashley! Thanks for getting the word out! Partying in NYC just won’t be the same without you, buddy.

    • akeorlando
      Thursday, 4 March 2010

      You’re welcome…and of course it won’t be the same without me! It never is – especially in NYC!

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