For 2017 we raffled off a big basket of Thistle Farms spa products (value $150), PLUS the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce added 2 FREE passes for all the downtown attractions (value $1200 & good for the rest of 2017)!
We raised $420.00 & ALL proceeds were donated back to Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN.
The raffle winner was North Carolina nail tech Dana Shew!
Thistle Farms Mission:
With human trafficking so prevalent in our nail industry, plus both Thistle Farms & our show being based in Tennessee, it seemed like a natural fit to endorse them as our charitable cause.
We feel our fundraising & monetary donations will make a more substantial impact in women's lives right here within our community.
You can support Thistle Farms through purchasing wholesale products for your salon
or by donating money.
Designate Thistle Farms as your charity of choice when you shop online with Amazon & 5% of your purchase will be donated by Amazon back to Thistle Farms.
Founded in 1997 by the Rev. Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN operates a residential program providing referrals & case management for up to 700 women a year, including up to 150 Thistle Farm graduates, 30 full time residents & 6 inmates participating in "Magdalene on the Inside".
Residents receive 2 years of housing, food, medical & dental care, therapy, education & job training, free of charge & without 24 hour live-in staff.
On average women range in age from 20-50, were first sexually abused between ages 7-11, have been arrested 100 times & have spent 12 years on the street prostituting.
Thistle Farm Facts
84% of women entering the residential program graduate 2 years later, clean & sober.
They receive NO taxpayer funding, but relies on revenue from their social enterprises, plus individual
Over $700,000 yearly is paid directly to survivors in income.
They contribute $740,000+ annually back into the local community through court & arrest savings, plus money employees reinvest into Nashville, TN.
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Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived prostitution, human trafficking & addiction.
It includes a residential program & social enterprise for survivors, plus an education & outreach program for the public. Monday "Lunch & Learn" tours are available.