Hope Rising 2019

Hope Rising 2019

Join us for Hope Rising

Benefiting the human trafficking initiatives of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Our roots are deep in the region’s efforts to end human trafficking. Our groundbreaking scholarship for survivors and prevention education lead the way in restoring victims and preventing exploitation. Please join with us as we build our programs to impact more lives. Online registration deadline is Wednesday, September 25.

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Hope Rising September 28, 2019

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Hope Rising September 28, 2019

Hope Rising Awards

The Hope Rising Awards were created to honor community members who exemplify the collaboration and courage it takes to end human trafficking in our region. An FBI-designated "hot spot" for child sex trafficking, the San Diego region faces an ugly truth.
Together we can make a difference. The Hope Rising Awards honor leaders from government, education, community activism, faith based organizations and service agencies. The 2019 Hope Rising Awardees include:
Chris Marsh and the San Diego Prevention Collective
When research uncovered active recruitment in our schools by "boyfriend pimps" looking to exploit our kids, Chris led a community-wide effort to raise the funding to launch a public-private partnership that includes the UBS Optimus Foundation, the San Diego District Attorney and private donors to fund a $3.5 million four-year pilot that brings prevention education to children across the region.

The San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective unites three unique programs - PROTECT, Project ROOTS, and kNOw MORE - to bring human trafficking awareness and prevention education to San Diego youth and families. The Collective empowers teachers and students through creative and comprehensive training to understand the dangers and signs of human trafficking in our schools and neighborhoods.
Chris Marsh
Dion Sayles McKinney
Dion learned that trafficking was a reality in our community and stepped up to make a difference. She served on the first Hope Rising Event Committee, running the auction and building connections across the region for our new project. She also helped Churches Against Trafficking reach new congregations and organized the Christmas gift drive for survivors. 
Dion now serves as the Administrative Assistant for Free to Thrive, ensuring clients receive the best legal representation possible. Free to Thrive offers pro-bono legal services and clinics to survivors of trafficking. Her tireless, optimistic advocacy for vulnerable people is an enormous asset for every organization she supports.
Dion Sayles
Yusef Miller
Yusef is a faithful supporter of Churches Against Trafficking, and inspired by the work of CAT, launched MAT - Mosques Against Trafficking. He co-chairs the Community Subcommittee of the San Diego Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council, leading the efforts to raise awareness and inspire action in our community.
Yusef continues to support all the regional work, train and educate the community and is doing groundbreaking work in bringing the conversation about trafficking to the Muslim community.  
Yusef Miller
STAT! - Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking
For the first time, we are honoring an organization with the Hope Rising Award. STAT! was formed in 2011 in response to Soroptimist members' desire to gt involved in the fight against human trafficking in San Diego.
STAT! is made up of members from Soroptimist clubs from around the county who work together to increase their impact. Their focus areas include public awareness and victim/survivor support. 
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Silent Auction

Private Chef Experience with Gourmet Appetizers and 4 Course Dinner for up to 6 guests

Host a lavish 4-course dinner party in your own home without lifting a finger!

  • Your San Diego personal chef will do all the work in the comfort of your own home so you can sit back and enjoy a truly memorable evening with friends or family!
  • Discuss food preferences, dietary concerns & menu options during an initial consultation. 
  • Relax and entertain in style with exceptional cuisine & personal attention all in the comfort of your own home. 
  • Chef provides all groceries and will leave the kitchen sparkling! 

Whether you're looking to relax with the family for a special occasion or entertaining guests, this is the ultimate way to enjoy a worry-free night of great food and great service.

Chef David can work around any sized kitchen as long as it has a functioning stove and oven.

Donated by Dinners with David www.dinnersbydavid.com

Value: $1300
Minimum bid: $800
Must use within one year (Oct 1, 2020)

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Private 2 hour Bay Tour aboard Adventuress Luxury Runabout

Tour the bay in style and impress your guests with this immaculate vintage runabout experience for up to 6 guests! 

Value: $1100 

Minimum bid: $500
Must use within one year (Oct 1, 2020)

Luxury Runabout


One week at a condo in Kihei, Maui
Two bedroom, sleeps six people

Enjoy a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains from this two (2) bedroom Condo. This unit has a queen bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the second bedroom and a pull out sofa bed in the living room, allowing this unit to accommodate up to six (6) people. There are many upgrades and renovations throughout the condo. The fully equipped kitchen is perfect for making meals to dine in or for meals to take with you on the go while exploring the island.

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Blackout dates:

  • Must use within one year (Oct 1, 2020)
  • Major holiday weeks 
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Private 3 hour Bay Cruise aboard 80ft Luxury Motor yacht SUNSET RENDEZVOUS for up to 30 people

Experience San Diego from the water on one of the most luxurious yachts in the city! 

Sunset Rendezvous awaits you for a memorable outing on the spectacular San Diego Bay - whether it’s for a birthday party, anniversary, corporate event or just holiday fun, style and elegance are reflected in every facet of this classic yacht so you can really impress you guests!

  • Professional captain and crew to attend to you and your guests every need
  • Includes drinks and gourmet cheese & charcuterie board 
  • Up to 30 guests

Value: $5000 

Minimum bid: $2500
Must use within one year (Oct 1, 2020)

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Five nights at McCall, Idaho condo 
Three bedrooms, sleeps eight people

Enjoy skiing in the winter or the beauty of Idaho’s four seasons in this charming house in McCall, Idaho. Great for a family reunion.

Three bedrooms: 2 Kings, One full and 1 full futon and 1 twin; two car garage, golf course and club house, pool and Jacuzzi, and work-out room.

Value: $1400
Minimum bid: $800
Blackout dates: major holiday weeks. Must use in 24 months.

McCall Cabin



Barry and Karen Meguiar
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Bartell Hotels
Mission Church of the Nazarene

Event Committee

Susan Hoekenga, Co-Chair
Michelle Shoemaker, Co-Chair
Kim Berry Jones
Ellen Fonseca
Andrea Justus
Kevin and Lisa McGinnis
Leanne Mudge
Gemma Rickolt
Rev. Gordon and Rachelle Wong

Honorary Committee

Linda Brower
Tori Curtis
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Supervisor Dianne Jacob
Nick and Vicki Lambesis
Barry and Karen Meguiar
Betty Peabody
Ginger Shaw
District Attorney Summer Stephan
Greg and Ericka Rizio

Student Committee

Ana Gates
Elaine Giles
Danielle Jorgensen
Ella Osterweil
Lauren Perez
Ricky Thomas Serikawa
Bridget Stephenson
Finley Stitt
Morgan Wurtzler

For information on sponsorship opportunities or questions, contact Kim Berry Jones at (619) 849-3224 or kimberryjones@pointloma.edu

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