On Saturday, Nov. 12, you are invited to attend Soulfire 2017: The Firecracker Foundation Gallery Reveal.
In the fourth year of this powerful fundraising event, 12 survivors of sexual trauma share their stories in a photographic art project created in partnership with McShane Photography and stylist Heather Jarous.
“It’s important we recognize the diversity of the experiences shared by survivors of child sexual trauma,” says Tashmica Torok, the foundation’s executive director. “Soulfire is a project that dispels dangerous stigmas and helps community members learn how to respond to survivors with empathy and compassion.”
Torok launched the Firecracker Foundation in 2013 and is an outspoken advocate and survivor of child sexual abuse. The nationally recognized nonprofit organization provides free, high-quality therapeutic services for child survivors of sexual trauma and their families, including mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, caretaker support groups and pediatric medical advocacy.
“Sanctuary is people to me,” says Soulfire 2017 participant Janelle Moulding. “Being connected to a movement and a strong group of loving people has helped me heal.”
The gallery reveal is sponsored by Jackson National Community Fund. Soulfire 2017 is open to the public and will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Community members are invited to wear their finest cocktail attire, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and toast to solidarity at the cash bar. Tickets are $50 and include a copy of the Soulfire 2017 calendar. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Soulfire2017.
If you are unable to attend this year’s gallery event but you’d still like to purchase the calendar, visit thefirecrackerfoundation.org/Soulfire2017.