March 14, 2023

On May 11, 2023—Yellow Rose Charity moves to a larger venue, with more food, more fun, more music…and a bigger fundraising goal for the renowned SANCTUM HOUSE, a sanctuary for survivors of human trafficking–a home where women can reimagine their lives with newly taught life skills, education, career training and job placement.

Detroit, Michigan: Last year, the YELLOW ROSE CHARITY EVENT FOR WOMEN launched its first ever charity to a sold-out event. It was so successful, that this year’s event is expanding to Niki’s Nightlife, a much larger and more popular venue in Downtown Detroit. Be inspired by a night to remember filled with laughter and conversation, dinner and dancing and a well-curated Silent Auction you don’t want to miss. When the fun begins, so does the networking. Some of the most interesting and charitable women in Southeastern Michigan will be in attendance: Professionals, community leaders and up-and-comers who wish to mingle and make the world a better place.

You may not know:

  • Michigan ranks fifth in the United States most impacted by human trafficking; “429 victims of human trafficking” were identified in Michigan in 2021, and of the victims whose gender is known, “90% are female.” Source: National HT Hotline in Michigan in 2021
  • Human trafficking affects every community in Michigan across age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic
  • Over fifty percent of identified girl victims are aged between 15 and 17, whereas forty percent of trafficked boys are under 12 years of Source: IOM (Int Office of Migration)

THE SANCTUM HOUSE–This growing and highly regarded organization guides young survivors of human trafficking to overcome not only the trauma of their experiences, but to embrace positive change. “This is a crisis that urgently needs our attention”, says founding co-chair Cathy Lombardo, “We are proud to assist these young women as they heal, regain their self-respect and create lives of endless possibility.”

“As the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have secured 15 Community Project Funding requests totaling $17,754,533 in this bill that I know will make a positive difference for the people of Michigan’s 14th District,” said Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14). Sanctum House is grateful to be among those 15 Community Project Funding requests. The Yellow Rose Committee is proud to be a part of continuing to build on what Representative Lawrence has so impressively made happen.

ABOUT US- Each year, the YELLOW ROSE CHARITY FOR WOMEN identifies one charity dedicated to helping girls and women whose lives have been impacted by crime and circumstance. Founded in 2021, by Co- Founders and prominent community leaders: Helen (Velas) DeAvila, award-winning interior designer and Cathy Lombardo, President of award-winning Lombardo Property Management, set out to lead a core group of women volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and in their community.

Visit Detroit is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.

More than 700 businesses are represented in Visit Detroit’s membership. Visit Detroit was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau.


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