Top 10 Emerging Leaders to Launch Fundraising Campaigns for the Benefit of Sex-Trafficked Minors

MEDFORD, OR— On Thursday, April 21st at 10:00 AM, the Top 10 Emerging Leaders of Southern Oregon will be announced! The Top 10 Leaders will gather at Million Air Medford on Milligan Way to launch the month-long “Top 10 Emerging Leaders Philanthropic Challenge.” These under-40 year old emerging leaders were recently chosen by members of the community, based on their commitment to making the region a better and safer place to live, as well as their strong work ethic, professional maturity and high personal standards. Over 30 nominations were received for this honor. Each will use their inspiration, talents and drive to raise financial support for the work of Redemption Ridge, an organization dedicated to the restoration of sex-trafficked and sexually exploited young girls. And, each emerging leader will be introduced during this pre-event gathering and an opportunity will be available for the media to interview these extraordinary individuals within our community on April 21 between 10 am – 11:30. Members of the press are invited to the event.

The Top 10 Emerging Leaders include: Tim Alvarez of Alvarez Construction, Jason Foster of Willamette Valley Bank, Lana McGregory with AllCare, Karla Huntley veteran and Mary Kay Independent Consultant, Ken Ogawa of American Family Insurance, Ivan Roman from Empowered Church, Saul Stearns with RE/MAX Ideal Brokers, Greg Wilkoff at Adept Networks, Chris Williams from Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions and Kira Zavala of StaffChex. Also included are two Student Emerging Leaders Alyssa Larson of South Medford High School and Stella Rose Sanchez from Cascade Christian High School.

“The bar has been set, and it is very high,” says Sharre Whitson, Executive Director of Redemption Ridge. “We have the best of the best emerging leaders of Southern Oregon working toward a common goal. It’s going to be an exciting 30 days as we watch this diverse group of passionate citizens take focused action in order to help relieve the suffering of others, and to leave an imprint on our community.”

The Emerging Leader Philanthropic Challenge starts on Monday, April 25th and ends on Tuesday, May 24th at 4pm. Through it, each emerging leader will create innovative fundraising campaigns that will raise awareness of the local sex trafficking issue while garnering much-needed funding for assistance programs through Redemption Ridge, which help minors who have been devastate by the effects of sex trafficking. On May 31st, a celebration luncheon will take place at the Rogue Valley Country Club where the challenge winner will be announced.

The Top 10 Emerging Leaders will gain invaluable experience in philanthropy and have an opportunity to establish important networking opportunities while at the same time using their leadership skills to transform lives,” explains Whitson

Redemption Ridge’s guiding principle is “Redeeming lives, Restoring Hope.” The organization was founded in 2011 by volunteer leaders within the community. Redemption Ridge exist to bring hope, healing and restoration to those impacted by domestic sex trafficking through the provision of counseling, restorative services, and provision of a safe place to heal from this horrendous trauma.

The April 21st event will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at Million Air Medford, located at 2040 Milligan Way at 10am.

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