The 1st Annual Bohemian Ball Benefits Victims of Sex Trafficking

The 1st Annual Bohemian Ball was held in Agoura Hills on July 11, 2019
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By: @demigoddesspictures

July 19, 2019

The sexual exploitation of children and young women is one of the biggest and most perverse criminal business operations in the world. The actual business of selling or trading humans for sex has been a global epidemic for centuries. In fact, every 3 minutes, a minor is sexually exploited in the United States. Now, with grassroot campaigns and movements like #Metoo forming and the exposure of powerful men who would otherwise be deemed as professional, the heinous world of sex trafficking is now front and center.

In response to this crisis of flesh-peddlers, humanitarian and yogi Natalie Backman and The Young Leaders Council, decided to create The Bohemian Ball, a night where notable guests gather to raise funds and bring awareness to the non-profit charity, Unlikely Heroes, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking all around the world.

The Bohemian Ball founder Natalie Backman

During the evening, the Young Leaders Council showcased the work of Unlikely Heroes in a stage presentation, highlighting the success stories of children that have been rescued within their program while singer Tyrone Wells performed a medley of songs.

The Young Leaders Council presented success stories of victims who were rescued through Unlikely Heroes. Photo copyright Dominique Palombo
Esther Minn of Unlikely Heroes with The Bohemian Ball founder Natalie Backman.
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Singer/Songwriter Tyrone Wells performing at The first annual 2019 Bohemian Ball

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner with cocktails, drinks, and desserts. The extraordinary gala raised just under $50,000 for Unlikely Heroes. Here are some of the highlights of celebrities and people of influence that were in attendance who contributed to the revolution of saving victims from the monstrous cycle of sex enslavement:

TK and Marielle McKamy at The First Annual Bohemian Ball.
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Manwell Reyes at The First Annual Bohemian Ball.
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Sri Mati and Rich Rollat The First Annual Bohemian Ball.
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GloZell and DeOnzell at The First Annual Bohemian Ball.
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Nick Galarza (Player Won) and Natalie Backman
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Natalie Backman giving an extraordinary speech during the fund raising portion of the evening. Photo copyright Dominique Palombo
Michael Bleau, Natalie Backman and Esther Minn of Unlikely Heroes
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Beautiful bohemian guests at The First Annual Bohemian Ball.
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About Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman is a yoga teacher, and the Founder of Imagine Fest.
Originally from Washington State, Natalie has called Los Angeles home for nearly seven years and has been teaching yoga for five of them. She is currently a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher of
the Himalayan Tradition and is working toward certification in ParaYoga with Rod Stryker. She teaches weekly at Agoura Power of Yoga as well as Horizons Senior Center, MUSE School, and for several private clients.

About Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes, is a local non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico and the Philippines as well as the United States. The organization strives to rescue and rehabilitate of these children as well as post trauma therapy, education, medical care and job training and most importantly, a happy, healthy childhood. To learn how you can get involved or to donate, click HERE

The 1st Annual Bohemian Ball was held in Agoura Hills, California on July 11, 2019 to benefit Unlikely Heroes.

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Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series and is now streaming on Amazon. In 2019, she released her first foreign short film "Perdu à France" ("Lost In Provence")- also streaming on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles.

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