LA nights are often subject to parties and gatherings all over the city, but on the evening of July 11th, a different kind of gathering took place. From 6 pm to 10 pm, this event gave back in one of the most heartfelt ways possible, and helped to cast away darkness encompassing the lives of today’s innocent children. The Bohemian Ball, a charity event created by Natalie Backman and The Young Leaders Council, gathered notable guests of the Agoura Hills community to raise funds for powerful social change. Among the crowd was Actress/comedian, Anjelah Johnson; Musician, Manwell Reyes; Singer/songwriter, Tyrone Wells; Buzzfeed actress and comedian, GloZell Green, and Actress/comedian, Angel Laketa Moore, to name a few.

The Bohemian Ball was created to bring awareness to the non-profit, Unlikely Heroes, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking all around the world. The Young Leaders Council created a presentation demonstrating how important Unlikely Heroes’ work is by highlighting the success stories of children they’ve been able to save within their program. Singer/Songwriter Tyrone Wells performed a medley of songs while guests enjoyed a dinner, drinks, and desserts. The event managed to raise just under $50,000 for the organization’s efforts, which is sure to go a long way in helping children worldwide.

While it may be pretty straightforward to believe that the funds raised will provide a shelter for the children, they actually go much further to include healthcare, education, recreational activities, rehabilitation resources, love, and hope to the rescued victims of sex trafficking domestic and abroad.

About Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes, is a local non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines, as well as the United States. The organization strives to rescue and rehabilitate all of these children — as well as post trauma therapy, education, medical care and job training and most importantly, a happy, healthy childhood.

About Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman is a yoga teacher, and the Founder of Imagine Fest. Originally from Washington State, Natalie has called Los Angeles home for nearly seven years and has been teaching yoga for five of them. She is currently a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher of the Himalayan Tradition and is working toward certification in ParaYoga with Rod Stryker. She teaches weekly at Agoura Power of Yoga as well as Horizons Senior Center, MUSE School, and for several private clients. She, along with the entire Imagine Fest family, donates her time and energy to offer healing and empowerment to their local community, as well as an opportunity to be the change we wish to see.