The Next Level Church is teaming up with the Gothic Theatre and Free the Girls on a massive clothing drive, but they only want one thing: your bras. Yes, a church, a rock venue and the cause-focused company have come together to collect your new and gently used undergarments at Denvers Biggest Bra Drive. But as Free the Girls founder Kimba Langas stresses, theres an important reason behind their call for intimate apparel: The drive will benefit a womens safehouse in Mozambique, and the bras will help women escape the treacherous world of human trafficking. In this part of Africa, a bra is a status symbol and can, in some ways, protect these women, Langas explains. The bras will be shipped to the safehouse, where women pulled from forced prostitution can sell them and in the process start creating a safe, sustainable income.
The drive begins with a 5 p.m. dinner today at pay-what-you-can restaurant Cafe 180 (3315 South Broadway), followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Denvers Biggest Bra Drive show at the Gothic, 3263 South Broadway. There will be live music from Andrea Ball, a fashion show of the Free the Girls line, and a special screening of a yet-to-be-titled film by the company, in which women share personal stories about human trafficking. And after all that, the Next Level Church invites attendees to an after-party at its office and community space, just a block from the Gothic at 3220 South Acoma Street.
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Admission is free; for more information on Free the Girls and the drive itself, go to www.freethegirls.com.
Tue., Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., 2011