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 with many trafficked from coast to coast masquerading as "nail techs" by day.

 

Because human trafficking is 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.

Our Thistle Farms Charity Raffle is 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.

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