WALLA WALLA -- A five-day fundraiser for the Walla Walla HelpLine Women's Shelter will feature an art exhibit and auction, poetry reading, lectures, music and a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march.
The Shelter for Freedom fundraiser runs Thursday through Monday. It's a multi-media educational event designed to heighten awareness of local and international human trafficking and raise money for a permanent facility for the Walla Walla HelpLine Women's Shelter.
On Saturday the documentary Cargo: Innocence Lost will be shown. The film exposes the $9 billion-a-year sex-trafficking industry in the U.S.
The screening will be at 5 p.m. at Cordiner Hall at Whitman College. It will be followed by a panel discussion including actor, writer and director Michael Cory Davis and award-winning actress Anne Archer, founder of the organization Artists for Human Rights. Tickets are $10.
A reception and art auction, with Davis and Archer in attendance, will follow the panel discussion at 8 p.m. at Whitman's Baker Faculty Center. Tickets for this event are $100.
Also, in January Wines of Substance in Walla Walla will donate 25 percent of all wine purchases to the shelter.
For more information go to www.wallawalla.edu/shelter forfreedom. Or look on thier Facebook page.