World-renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang to donate portion of photo sales to World Vision
Proceeds will fund recovery center for children freed from the sex trade in Cambodia
Exhibit is part of a larger campaign with fashion brand Jedidiah, to support anti-trafficking work
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-renowned surf photographer, Aaron Chang and surf apparel line Jedidiah, will launch a joint collection of T-shirts featuring Chang's photography at an exhibit this Saturday at Chang's gallery in Solana Beach. Proceeds from the sales of the shirts all season, as well as from the sale of Chang's prints at the event, will benefit World Vision's recovery work with children freed from the commercial sex trade in Cambodia.
The show was inspired by Chang's 2010 trip to Cambodia with Jedidiah CEO Kevin Murray, where the pair met with World Vision staff who work daily to help girls exploited by the commercial sex trade recover from their experiences and begin to build new lives for themselves.
"Millions of children have their innocence stolen through sexual exploitation," said World Vision's Keith Kall. "No child should ever have to experience that trauma. Aaron Chang and Kevin Murray's passion to see that innocence restored is inspirational and is reflected in the art – through photography and fashion – that they produce. World Vision is grateful for their investment in these children."
The show entitled Cambodia: Ray of Hope, will take place Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, 415 S. Cedros Ave., Suite 110 in the Cedros Design District. The show is open to the public and will feature a special Limited Edition collection of photographs from Chang's trip to Cambodia with the Jedidiah team, as well as the collaborative clothing collection.
Additionally, collaborative art pieces will be on display by Scott Hancock and Wade Koniakowsky. Professional soprano Barbara Tobler will perform during the event. Digital 1 Color and Artware Framing have generously agreed to donate all prints and frames for the show.
$10 from the sale of each shirt will be used to fund World Vision's trauma recovery center, which serves more than 70 children per year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The collection will be available for sale through Spring on Jedidiah's website at www.JedidiahUSA.com. In addition, during the event, 50 percent of all art sales will be donated to the center.
About World Vision: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve the world's poor – regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press.
About Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery: Located in the Cedros Design district of Solana Beach, the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery features the photographic art of Aaron Chang and the paintings of Wade Koniakowsky. Brought together by a mutual love for the ocean, the gallery seeks to inspire through its art an appreciation for God's creations. The gallery is committed to the community and has partnered with such organizations as World Vision, Nourish the Children, Surfrider Foundation and Surf Aid International, to name a few.
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About Jedidiah: Made For Good: Jedidiah's mission is to use apparel sales as a vehicle to provide care, support and financial resources to those in need. Since 2004, Jedidiah has partnered with distinctive and effective non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness for life-changing causes. Each Jedidiah piece is creatively inspired and tied to a cause, making a measurable difference in the world. Through seasonal partnerships with non-profits, the clothing artistically connects fashion to social causes so everyone can make a measurable difference in the world. For regular updates, exclusive invites and sales, you can follow Jedidiah on their blog, Facebook, Twitter or at www.jedidiahusa.com.
SOURCE World Vision U.S.