Care Through Action @ The Setai Club & SHO Shaun Hergatt

The trouble with supporting charities is feeling so far away from whomever or whatever it is you are helping. When it’s a huge corporation, you’re wondering where exactly your charitable donation is going, and when it’s a small organization, your afraid the group hasn’t got the clout to get the job done. Then there are the droll parties with champagne and special appearances of celebs who aren’t really sure what they’re doing there in the first place. These qualms refreshingly had no place last night in downtown Manhattan as The Setai Club New York & SHO Shaun Hergatt Restaurant partnered with the little juggernaut called Care Through Action.

Led by photojournalist Alissa Everett and the bubbly Diana Kane Britt, the organization works, on a warm, sort of grassroots level, to raise awareness and funds through photography exhibitions for women and children in need around the world. The intrepid activists use photo exhibitions, like last night’s The Woman of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to tell the story of different women and children who have been victimized. But their story doesn’t end with an exhibition to simply raise awareness; donations go to building safe houses, counseling, and surgeries for women in dire need. T through Everett’s telling photos, you can see the progress you’re contributing to. Thus far, their focus has been Africa and specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with active chapters in San Francisco and Dallas; they’re looking to build a New York chapter as well.

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