THE HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770 SUPPORTS EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION WITH DONATION TO GIRLS EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICES (GEMS)
CAMBRIDGE, MA (October 8th, 2019) – The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 (HPI), based at Harvard University, is proud to announce a charitable contribution in the amount of $50,000 to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), the nation’s leading organization for empowering commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women. This commitment follows HPI’s ongoing and consistent philanthropic work and programming in service of supporting the underprivileged.
“It is impossible to overstate the import and efficacy of the work that Rachel Lloyd and GEMS does for horrifically exploited young woman. GEMS is, in many ways, unique in its mission and its success stories. We are fortunate to have found Rachel and her cause and feel overwhelmingly compelled to support them,” said HPI Chairman Andrew L. Farkas. “Further, I would encourage all who read this release to do what they can to provide further funding to GEMS to allow them to expand their scope and the number of young women they assist.”
In response, Founder and President of GEMS Rachel Lloyd said, “We are thrilled by such a generous donation from HPI to support our life-changing work with victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. While many people still think about trafficking as something that happens in other places, GEMS serves over 300 girls and young women each year who are from this country and have been exploited in this country. Our work is about more than helping girls and young women leave exploitive and dangerous situations though; it’s about breaking generational cycles of poverty and trauma and empowering our young women to thrive as survivors and leaders by supporting them with employment skills, leadership training, and educational opportunities. This is long term, intensive work that requires myriad resources, and we are deeply appreciative of HPI’s generosity that will help support that work and, most critically, our young women’s journeys from victims to survivors and leaders.”
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 has also provided philanthropic grants to organizations such as Al Madad Foundation, the Arthur Miller Foundation, Lalela, Wigstock 2.HO in benefit of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Maestro Cares Foundation in honor of 2019 Order of the Golden Sphinx honoree Marc Anthony.
ABOUT GIRLS EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICES (GEMS)
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact commercially sexually exploited youth.
ABOUT THE HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute comprises the Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), the Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.