Hollywood Fundraiser Planned to Help Migrant Families Detained at the Border
All proceeds from "Cocktails + Change" will go toward funding RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).
In an effort to help protect migrant families detained and separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, progressive organization Courage Campaign and event platform SameSide have teamed with West Hollywood's The Standard hotel to host "Cocktails + Change," a fundraiser set for Friday at 6 p.m.
All proceeds from "Cocktails + Change" will go toward funding RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). According to the RAICES website, the nonprofit aims to offer "free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas."
Organizers of the event say that attendees will learn the latest on legislation updates and how they can take action to "inspire and lead change."
Central and South Texas have been at the heart of the recent border centers controversy, where migrant families without proper documentation are being detained in what critics have likened to concentration camp-style facilities. The Associated Press recently reported that children and babies have been separated into "tender-age" shelters.
This is all in response to President Donald Trump's recent implementation of a "zero tolerance" policy, which sees those caught crossing the border without proper documentation put in processing centers by the U.S. Border Patrol. While Trump has since ordered that families not be separated, Hollywood continues to be very vocal about the chaos on the border.
It is unclear if any boldface names in Hollywood will be attending "Cocktails + Change," but VIP attendees are expected to be announced prior to the start of the event.
Tickets are $10 (or $12 at the door) and can be purchased here.
June 22 9:00 a.m.: Updated with new information regarding Casamigos no longer serving at the event