'Soul Train' supports gender equality

The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation’s fundraiser on June 5 aims to promote its grant program, which supports nonprofit organizations that are in line with the foundation’s vision of gender equality and a life free of violence for all.

“The vision of the [Foundation] is even more relevant today than ever as the local media regularly report stories relating to gender equality, domestic and community violence, and discrimination,” said founder Rayle Roberts, the husband of Estella Scott-Roberts, who was assaulted and murdered in 2008.

“We envision Soul Train to be our biggest and best event to date as it provides the necessary funds for our grant program. I encourage all to come out and support us so that we can continue this important work in this community.”

Soul Train will be held at the George Town Yacht Club from 8 p.m. The evening will feature soulful dance music courtesy of DJ Chris Jackson, and guests are encouraged to don their best ‘70s attire. There will also be a raffle with more than $1,000 of gift vouchers as prizes.

The foundation, set up on Oct. 31 2008, just weeks after the passing of Estella Scott-Roberts, was established not only to preserve her memory, but also to continue her work in raising broad awareness of the issues she passionately worked to eliminate: domestic and sexual violence and gender inequality.

Last year’s grant recipient was the Red Cross, which hosted a girls’ empowerment conference called “Girls’ Will.”

Tickets, priced at $25, are available from Paperman’s Midtown Plaza or Foundation members.