Unlikely Heroes 5th Annual Recognizing Heroes Benefit Raises Funds For Children
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THE SCENE: More than 400 guests attended the fifth annual Recognizing Heroes charity benefit at the Four Seasons Resort & Club. Hosted by comedian Anjelah Johnson and television personality Savannah Chrisley, guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening that featured live performances from multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Carlton, Cassadee Pope (winner of The Voice in season 3) and Johnny Manuel (an America’s Got Talent season 12 alum.) The evening’s keynote speaker was Dallas native and the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why producer, Mandy Teefey.
THE VIBE: The 2017 Hero Awards were bestowed upon actress Francia Raisa, Dallas Police Sergeant Byron Fassett, Crowns of Hope Founder Toni McKinley, and CEO of Sun Gate Foundation Shamere McKenzie for their tireless work in advancing global human rights and outstanding efforts to stop human trafficking.
The event chairs Kenyon and Katie Coleman welcomed notables such as Chrisley Know’s Best’s Todd and Julie Chrisley, Real Housewives of Dallas’ LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons, Melissa Rycroft, Chef Tiffany Derry, Joanna Czech, Blaine Bowen, and Courtney Kerr.
THE CAUSE: Unlikely Heroes CEO & Founder, Erica Greve, announced that the charitable foundation ended the night raising over $600,000 to open the very first licensed home for trafficked boys in Tijuana, Mexico and thanked all who supported their global mission to end the trafficking of children.