Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones and his wife Stacy Jones raised more than $1.9 million in support of Vera’s Sanctuary, the only licensed residential drug treatment site in Orange County, Calif., dedicated to victims of human trafficking.
The recent fundraiser event, titled Hot August Nights, featured a performance by Jason Derulo, a triple platinum and award-winning singer-songwriter who has had 11 No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 chart and sold over 50 million records worldwide.
In the past four years, guests, donors and sponsors of Hot August Nights have raised more than $5.5 million for Vera’s Sanctuary, according to a press release. This year’s event took place Aug. 5, with a fundraising goal of $1.5 million.
“There’s only one licensed residential drug treatment shelter dedicated to victims of human trafficking, and it’s in Orange County just miles from our global headquarters,” said Steve Jones. “That’s why, every year, Stacy and I underwrite and host a charity event to bring much needed attention to the serious issue of human trafficking. All funds raised at this year’s Hot August Nights event go directly to Vera’s Sanctuary.”
Vera’s Sanctuary provides licensed drug treatment services for human trafficking victims ranging in age from 15 to 26. Residents receive 30 hours of weekly therapeutic services, food, clothing, medical care, psychiatric services, prenatal support and transportation. The women benefit from educational instruction, vocational training, automobile gift programs, internships and job placement. There is no maximum length of stay. Every individual can heal at their own pace.
Since opening its doors in 2018, Vera’s Sanctuary has provided rehabilitation to nearly 600 women.