Bet On It! Good Run Cocktail Party is On!

Good Run Cocktail Party

Silent Auction

Wine Tasting from Casa Larga


Come support Angels of Mercy in the fight against human trafficking!

  • Bid on items from local businesses
  • Taste wine from local winery
  • Learn about trafficking and how you can help fight for those caught in a form of modern day slavery

When: Wednesday September 16, 2015

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Good Luck Restaurant

Tickets: $15

Get ready to bid on great items from local businesses!


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Why are You Supporting this Cause? Why Should Others Care?

I joined the Angels of Mercy committee, to plan their annual run/walk to fight human trafficking, this year. After some of the meetings, I had been thinking of how to help spread the word for their event and to help raise funds for their cause. So I had the idea to host a cocktail party. Since getting the ball rolling, I have been met with the greatest support from the Rochester community. The excellent staff and owners of Good Luck Restaurant opened up their place for me to host the event. Numerous businesses donated gifts for a silent auction. Organizations allowed me to post the event on their sites, and spread the word to their members.

Despite all this, I have only been able to sell 9 tickets to the fundraiser, and am in danger of having to cancel or postpone the event. In hindsight, I set the ticket price too high, but I was covering costs of the event itself. Still, I should have made a choice between exposure vs fundraising. I should have gone for exposure. The reason I am putting this out there, is because if I can’t sell the tickets, I can’t raise the money. I can still shoot for exposure. One of the questions asked in a request for a business donation, such as for the silent auction, is to explain the cause. It is a question I have been asked a lot in recent months. What is the cause you are supporting? Why are you supporting this cause? Why should others care?

Human trafficking is not something that is easy to talk about. The most common sense I get from people is the thought that human trafficking is really sex trafficking and boils down to under-age prostitution. It’s a touchy subject that is hard to get people to discuss. The catch-22 is that human trafficking thrives on people not paying attention. Since I have this very small microphone and really want to get the word out, I thought I would take a moment to share what I have learned about human trafficking.

Human trafficking can often take the shape of forced labor. Selling a human being and forcing them into any kind of slave labor, is human trafficking. It is the slavery of today. It is illegal, but incredibly difficult to prevent. Forced labor practices have been reported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to generate profits of $150 billion a year (–en/index.htm).  The ILO also estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. 55% are women and girls (

But how is this relatable to people in the Rochester, NY community? These facts are staggering, but they aren’t exactly tangible to the immediate concerns of our area. In February of this year, it was announced that 7 men and women in the Rochester area were in custody, after a human trafficking bust in our city. 9 victims were rescued, 7 of whom were minors ( These are someone’s daughters, sisters, cousins. They were missing, taken and forced into a nightmare. Many have heard the stories. A teenager gets an offer for a modeling shoot, or audition, and is flown to a big city. When they get there, they are forced into a van and never seen again, except by those buying and selling them. Other stories take place in developing countries. They shape of parents selling their child, because they are in debt and have no other options. The problem is that the debt is never settled and the child is forced into servitude with no end in sight.

Angels of Mercy is hosting their 3rd annual run/walk to fight trafficking on August 29th, 2015 ( . You can register as an individual or with a team. Their goal is to fund a home for healing in the Rochester area. We do have trafficking here, and as we find the ones being held against their will, we need to have a place for them to heal. We need to provide crisis services for survivors and those seeking help. Angels of Mercy is working toward that goal, and I am with them in the fight. For more information on trafficking, and how educating girls is a direct combatant to this epidemic, I recommend the documentary Girl Rising (

Since I have a small window left to get ticket sales up (ie now is the time), I will still encourage everyone to reserve a ticket (or more) for the cocktail party I am hosting at Good Luck Restaurant, next Monday August 10th, 2015. Proceeds go directly to Angels of Mercy Run/Walk to fund a home for healing and crisis services for survivors and those in need. We will have information about trafficking available, a silent auction, and some clips from the Girl Rising documentary. Attendees can also register for the run/walk and find out more about how to get involved in this cause.

Thank you,

Courtney Fay

Human trafficking is happening here in Rochester and Angels of Mercy needs your support

Please join us for A Good Run Cocktail Party on Monday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Good Luck Restaurant for hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar)

  • Hear stories about human trafficking busts in Rochester
  • Learn about the different types of human trafficking and ways to spot them
  • Bid on silent auction items from Good Luck, Del Monte Hotel, Black Button Distillery and more

100% of ticket profits support providing local services for women in need in the Rochester community.  You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for the Angels of Mercy 5K run/walk on August 29 at Meridian Centre Park.

Time is running out to show your support. Purchase tickets on at

A Good Menu is Set

 Get your tickets before we sell out
so you don’t miss these wonderful appetizers
by Good Luck Restaurant!

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Charcuterie & Antipasto Station

 Bruschetta with Roasted Figs, Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts (v)

Lamb Meatballs with Feta and Mint Pesto

Crab Fritters with Remoulade

Margherita Pizza with San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil (v)

A Good Run Cocktail Party


Visit this site often for updates on what promises to be a fantastic event for a great cause!

A Good Run Cocktail Party is a fundraiser aimed at supporting Angels of Mercy in raising funds and awareness about human trafficking.

Event will be held on August 10th, 2015 at Good Luck Restaurant.  Tickets can be purchased here:

Proceeds from this event will go directly to support the efforts of the Angels of Mercy 3rd Annual 5K run/walk.  Individuals and teams can register for the main event here:

This site will have new posts detailing the exciting additions we will be putting together to make this cocktail party one to remember, and one not to miss out on!

Only 175 tickets, so be sure to get yours today!

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