Fielden chairs anti-slavery event

Jay Fielden, of Wilton, co-chaired the Grace Farms Foundation’s second anniversary celebration that drew more than 350 arts, culture and business leaders, philanthropists and dignitaries to the facility in New Canaan. The event raised $500,000 and secured corporate partnerships in support of Unchain, a first-of-its-kind global campaign to help eradicate modern day slavery, which aims to launch in 2019.

Throughout the grounds at Grace Farms, visitors encountered human-shaped mirrors representing the 40 million victims enslaved in forced labor, sex trafficking, child marriage or debt bondage.

The evening’s formal program included a special video message from Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, and the personal stories of trafficking survivors Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of Courtney’s House, named to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and Aklima Bibi, UK barrister.

The awareness campaign aims to bring together corporations, NGOs, influencers, governmental agencies, and digital and media partners, to create systemic change under the slogan, Freedom needs fighters.

Fielden, who is editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, co-chaired the event with Peter Hunsinger, chief marketing officer of Everyone’s Earth and Sharon Prince, chair and president of Grace Farms Foundation.