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Thistle Farms Mission

Nail salons all over the world are being used as a front for modern day slavery.

 

The human trafficking of women & young girls (mainly from poverty stricken countries) by current estimates has reached 40 million people. Most are beaten, raped, forced into prostitution & trafficked from coast to coast as "nail techs" by day.

 

Because human trafficking is so prevalent within our nail industry, plus Thistle Farms & our show are both based in Tennessee, it seemed like a natural fit to adopt them as our 501-C charity of choice.

We feel our fundraising & monetary donations will make a more substantial impact in women's lives within our community.

​​​​​​Thistle Farms is a residential & outreach program of ​​women who have survived prostitution, human trafficking & addiction.  "Lunch & Learn"  tours are available & salons can retail their Bath & Body Care line by opening a wholesale account, too!

​Their other social enterprises include a Shared Trade Global Marketplace, the Cafe at Thistle Farms & The  Studios Workshop.

​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".

 

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.

We welcome you to join us for our Thistle Farms Charity Raffle held annually during the show!

100% of the proceeds are donated to www.ThistleFarms.org in Nashville, TN.

 

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 at the show's Registration window; must be present to win; prizes cannot be shipped. 

 

Prizes differ each year & generally include a basket of Thistle Farms spa products, passes for 2-4 people to various Gatlinburg attractions, plus several restaurant & hotel gift certificates totaling hundreds of dollars!

The 2019 prizes donated had a total value of $1250!

Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail
Certificate for a 1 night stay

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Certificate for 1 night stay

Courtyard by Marriott
Certificate for a 1 night stay

Glenstone Lodge
Certificate for 1 night stay

Ober Gatlinburg
(2) Tram Tickets & (2) Premium Wristbands

Impossibilities Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem
(4) Tickets

Rafting in the Smokies
(2) White Water Rafting & One Adventure Pass (2)

Anakeesta
(4) Admission Passes

Zip Gatlinburg
(4) Tickets

The Local Attraction Gastro Pub
$25 Gift Certificate​

Thistle Farms
Gift basket of Thistle Farm spa products

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