Sorvino shines at 9th Annual Tea on the Lawn

In this April 28, 2017, photo, Oscar-award winning actress, Mira Sorvino, who was the guest speaker at the 9th annual Tea on the Lawn fundraiser held at the Lone Star Convention Center, shared her personal accounts of combating human trafficking around the world. The event is designed to raise money and awareness on behalf of New Danville, a community in Willis which provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities various opportunities to live enriched and purposeful lives.

CONROE, TX - If it had been a movie, Hollywood-star Mira Sorvino gave a performance worthy of an Oscar during Friday’s 9th annual Tea on the Lawn. Yet, it wasn’t a movie, nor a performance. It was a stirring, personal account from a committed human rights advocate.

Sorvino, an Oscar-winning actress, served as the guest speaker for this year’s Tea on the Lawn benefit which was held at the Lone Star Convention Center. The event is designed to raise money and awareness on behalf of New Danville, a community in Willis which provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities various opportunities to live enriched and purposeful lives.

The hundreds of attendees fixated their attention as Sorvino shared her experiences as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. In that role, she said her travels revealed there are rampant human trafficking atrocities taking place throughout the world.

Still, Sorvino pushed a message of hope. By acknowledging that modern-day slavery exists, collectively, and through ongoing public awareness efforts, it can be beaten, she said.

“Mira was outstanding, obviously very bright, articulate and so passionate in her beliefs and dedication to her causes,” said attendee Dave Clements. “She certainly motivated and inspired me to do more.”

Kathy Sanders, New Danville’s President, echoed Clements’ sentiments.

“It’s a tough subject, but a very important one,” Sanders said. “It can be one of those out-of-sight-out-of-mind crimes, something which is doubly challenging to combat without an engaged public.”

Sanders added that she has personally witnessed the positive powers a community can exact through collaborative efforts

“New Danville became a reality in 2005. Twelve years later, through countless hours of volunteerism, many, many generous donations and an army of dedicated sponsors, New Danville has grown into a beacon.”

Sanders emphasized that the 9th annual Tea on the Lawn could not have been possible without the many sponsors and volunteers who participated.

The sponsors included: Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy; Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands; Spirit of Texas Bank; Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital; Volkswagen of The Woodlands; Woodforest National Bank; Mindy Harmon Photography; Hoggatt; Sanders Business Consultants, LLC.; Janice Green; Memorial Hermann; Milstead Automotive; The Nina Marino Team; Vogt Engineering L.P.; K-Star Country 99.7; Kenny Speight Agency; Vintage Creek; Jason & Marti Mann; Specialists for Women; America’s ER Medical Centers; Chicago Title; Cruise Planners; Cyndy Oller; DS Financial/First Financial; George Lindahl Foundation; Karyn Grace and Friends; Kay Deahl; Odette D’Agostino & Friends; Patti Rivela; Sharon Stryjewski; Special Friends of New Danville; TOPPS of Lake Conroe; Nelda Blair; Gayle Fisher; Tania Celia; Margaret Ploghar; Vicky Rudy; Lynn Halfin; Deborah Rose Miller; Dave Clements / DWC Photography; Sam’s Club; Spec’s Wine & Spirits; Corporate Incentives; Hyatt Centric; Chick-Fil-A; Proven Results Marketing; Kickin’ Events & Promotions; Woodlands Lifestyle & Homes; PR Luxury Media; Hello Woodlands; Woodlands Hits.com; MoCo Magazine.

New Danville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable and educational organization. Proceeds raised by Tea On The Lawn help to raise awareness about New Danville and fund vital programs. For more information, or to learn how to get involved, visit www.newdanville.org or email info@newdanville.org.

Photo: In this April 28, 2017, photo, Oscar-award winning actress, Mira Sorvino, who was the guest speaker at the 9th annual Tea on the Lawn fundraiser held at the Lone Star Convention Center, shared her personal accounts of combating human trafficking around the world. The event is designed to raise money and awareness on behalf of New Danville, a community in Willis which provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities various opportunities to live enriched and purposeful lives.

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