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‘Bollywood Night’ Indian-themed fundraiser coming to Paso Robles 

Deepa Willingham (second from right), founder of PACE Universal with
Rich Secchiaroli, owner of Terra Mia, the venue for Bollywood Night
fundraiser with members of organizing committee (left to right) Kirk
Honeycutt, Reena Willingham, Donna Small and Mira Honeycutt.

Organization that fights sex trafficking raising money to benefit endangered children

–Every day, over 5,000 women and children are procured for sexual trafficking. Particularly vulnerable are children and women living in abject poverty. The nonprofit organization PACE (Promise of Assurance for Children Everywhere) will host Bollywood Night, an inaugural event to raise funds to disrupt this activity, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the beautiful Terra Mia Vineyards on Arbor Road in Paso Robles. The event is an evening of fine Indian cuisine, engaging music and dance, henna art, palm reading, plus silent and live auctions – all artfully paired with a delightful offering of Central Coast wines. Bollywood Night is from 4 to 8 p.m.

All proceeds from Bollywood Night will benefit the recipients of education and services from PACE Universal, an organization founded in 2003 to stop trafficking and gender biased abuses of children and women.

PACE currently delivers education and life skills to hundreds of impoverished children and women who are at high risk of being trafficked. It relies solely on donations from the public and from proceeds of its fundraising activities.

Deepa Willingham, a longtime resident of Solvang, California, and a native of India, began PACE with a mission to stop trafficking and gender biased abuses through the education of girls and women. Her work began with the construction of what is now the PACE Learning Center (PLC) in the poor village of Piyali Junction, located 45 km from Kolkata, India – Deepa’s childhood home. Piyali Junction is a major hub for the trafficking of girls. Deepa states, “Positive changes and a promising future are the result of this intervention. Many lives have been redirected from an abject existence to a productive educational experience.“
To purchase tickets for this event, visit paceuniversal.org or call (805) 686-0949.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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