Imagine Fest Founder, Natalie Backman, and The Young Leaders Council created a fundraising festival that united the Yogi community in helping carry out Unlikely Heroes’ mission to end human trafficking.
On Sunday, September 22nd, guests gathered for a day of live music, yoga, meditation and powerful panel sessions aimed at creating social change.
100% of the proceeds acquired at Imagine Fest were used to help fund Unlikely Heroes’ efforts in saving and restoring the lives of child victims of sex trafficking around the world.
When asked how Imagine Fest differs from other fundraising events, founder, Natalie Backman shared, “Imagine Fest is unique in that it is produced 100% through volunteer efforts. Our production team is a group of community members with various backgrounds: yoga teacher, lawyer, human resources, entrepreneur, university student, who unite over our common passion for rescuing kids from slavery. Additionally, we are focused not only on raising funds in support of our beneficiary, Unlikely Heroes, we are equally committed to raising awareness around the issue of human trafficking and the responsibility we each have for affecting change. Imagine Fest is a call to action. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for members of the community to look within, heal the parts of ourselves that keep us from living our best lives: lives of conscious awareness, compassion and service. Then to turn that healing outward, take up the banner for social change and choose daily to make the world a better place.”
Performers like Maya Jupiter, Satsang, Tubby Love & Amber Lily, and Player Won provided music sets that fused entertainment with conscious healing and awareness. Acro yoga workshops were lead by renowned yogis, Modern Tarzan and Sprout.
A wide array of artisanal vendors and food trucks were also on site providing guests with a multitude of options to eat delicious, health conscious food and shop from local businesses.
During the event, Backman told the crowd, “There are millions of children living in slavery today. Our work doesn’t end until all of them are free. You can help us work toward that end by making a financial contribution to Unlikely Heroes. 92% of the donations brought into this organization goes directly to the children in their care, and rescuing more children every day. You can also support the cause by challenging yourself to learn more. I know it’s dark and disturbing, but ignoring it is only allowing it to grow. The only way this nightmare will end is for us to wake up, turn on the lights and face it head on TOGETHER!”
Unlikely Heroes, an LA-based charity founded by Erica Greve, provides healthcare, shelter, education, recreational activities, rehabilitation resources, love and hope to rescued victims of sex trafficking both domestic and abroad.