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Mosaic Family Services gala co-chairs Ashley Anderson Smith and Nusia Sookarow, with honorary chair Susan Posnick, were joined by 40 attendees to the 8th Annual Gala Kick-off Party on Wednesday, August 2 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Akola Flagship store.

Host Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder and CEO of Akola, welcomed partygoers as they arrived in their summer chic attire.  DJ Trance provided a cool vibe as guests enjoyed cocktails and light bites and shopped the Akola jewelry collections, including a first-view of the latest fall designs.

The cocktail party was in celebration of the upcoming 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Gala, which will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at sixty five hundred, located at 6500 Cedar Springs in Dallas.  This year’s “a night in Monte Carlo” themed gala, will include cocktails, dinner by CN Catering, silent auction, raffle, casino, and music by DJ LC.   America’s sassiest lifestyle guru Steve Kemble will serve as this year’s emcee. 

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2017 Champion of Human Rights Award to Ms. Underwood for her inspirational work empowering women in disadvantaged communities throughout the globe. Akola trains and employs women in poverty, including survivors of trafficking here in Dallas, so they can support themselves and meet the needs of their families.

Tickets for the Mosaic Family Services 8th Annual Champion of Human Rights Gala: Raising the Stakes are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For tickets, sponsorships or more information, visit


About Mosaic Family Services

Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The multicultural staff at Mosaic supports, educates, and empowers more than 25,000 people each year through direct services and outreach. Refugees and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence receive shelter, legal representation, counseling, access to health care, and support services in more than 30 languages. Every year, Mosaic House provides emergency housing to hundreds of women and children fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking.  They are the only shelter in North Texas providing comprehensive services to multicultural survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  For more information, visit

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