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Island Party to fight human captivity

Published: Friday, April 13, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

Freedom will be ringing this Saturday out of Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheatre at the annual BYX Island Party.

Each spring, Beta Upsilon Chi, BYX, provides a day of food and entertainment free of charge with Island Party. This year, the theme is FREEDOM, which encompasses the Christian fraternity’s two goals of bringing personal freedom to attendees through ministry and freedom to victims of human trafficking.

Funds raised at the event will benefit Free the Captives, a Christian anti-human trafficking organization based in Houston. The organization works to educate the community, prevent trafficking and combat trafficking legally.  

Island Party will be an all-day event; the gates will open at 2:30 and the last musical artist will take the stage at 11 p.m. Throughout the afternoon there will be musical artists, speakers and merchandise booths. Local favorites such as Mugwalls, Freebirds and Spoons will be selling food and drink throughout the event.

“We are focusing the music this year on local artists to get their talent exposed to students and the community as a whole,” said Chad Nelson, junior nutritional science major and Island Party co-chair.

In addition to hosting local talent, popular Christian artist Tim Halperin and American Idol finalist Jason Castro will be performing in the evening. Interspersed between musical performances will be speakers including Aggie athletes, pastors and experts on human trafficking.

Attendees of the event will have the opportunity to learn about the horrific reality of human trafficking firsthand by hearing the testimony of a survivor.

Senior meterology major Justin Womack served as fundraising manager for the event, and believes that Island Party can make a difference in the abolition of modern-day slavery.

“Island Party is another huge opportunity to take the initiative and learn more about the fight against human trafficking…freedom is possible, and Island Party is just another big step towards God’s big plan,” Womack said.

Guests will not only learn about human trafficking, but they will be able to actively make a difference in ending modern day slavery. The fraternity will have booths set up with information on how to get involved and will take up an offering for Free the Captives.

“There will be a table set up for people to write letters to [state legislators] pushing for laws that will help the police and city officials take action against human trafficking crimes. There will also be donations taken up to help Free the Captives continue the great job they have already done,” Nelson said.

Members of BYX encourage members of the community to come, no matter their religious beliefs. The purpose is to offer the people of Bryan/College Station a safe place to enjoy a Saturday afternoon while making small changes that can make the world of difference.

Brian Hudson, senior business management major and Island Party co-chair, said he wants to make the most of his time in college.

“Our time in college is the most precious time we’ll ever have. Why spend it in a way that’s not meaningful?”

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