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I Have the Right To: Authors Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson Speak in Naples

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13240 Tamiami Trail North

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Naples, FL 34110

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About the Event

National teen advocate and author Chessy Prout, a former Naples resident, will share her inspiring story following the traumatic aftermath of her sexual assault at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school. Bravely revealing her identity on NBC's Today Show, Chessy actively spreads her message of hope, letting other survivors know they are not alone. In an exclusive speaking and book signing event, Chessy will be joined by Jenn Abelson, investigative journalist for the Boston Globe and co-author of Chessy's memoir, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope.

A 2017 graduate of Community School of Naples, Prout bravely revealed her identity during an interview on NBC’s Today Show, breaking her silence to advocate for those who are facing similar experiences. Prout has been recognized as among those who planted the seeds for the #MeToo movement when she came forward in her pursuit of justice. Together, she and Abelson return to Naples for the first time since they wrote the memoir, they will share Prout's message of hope, letting survivors know they are not alone. Ticket sales will benefit Wellfit Girls' five-month fitness, leadership and empowerment program dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs.

The event will include a book signing, where guests can purchase Prout’s book, which will be released on March 6. Before the event, Wellfit Girls will host a VIP cocktail reception catered by CRAVE Culinaire and a meet and greet with Prout and Abelson from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $50 for the speaking event at 7 p.m., with ticket sales ending March 25. VIP tickets for ages 16 and up are $150 and include admission to the main speaking event, the VIP cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the meet and greet with Chessy and Jenn. VIP ticket sales end March 23.

About Chessy Prout

Chessy Prout is a high school sexual assault survivor. Raised in Japan, Chessy matriculated to St. Paul’s School – a boarding school in New Hampshire that her father and sister had attended. There, as a freshman, Chessy was the victim of a sexual assault. Chessy’s case and trial garnered national and international media attention, as her assault was part of the ritual competition at the school called “Senior Salute.” Two years later, in Chessy’s pursuit of justice, she decided to step forward publicly. In August 2016 she launched the #IHaveTheRightTo initiative with the organization PAVE, for which she is an ambassador. As a PAVE ambassador, Chessy travels around the country to speak about the importance of consent education in K-12 schools; encourages survivors and others to assert their most important, basic rights; and uses her voice to let other survivors know they are not alone. Chessy is the author of I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope, which she wrote with co-author Jenn Abelson.

About Jenn Abelson

Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and co-writer of the memoir, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope, by Chessy Prout. Jenn has worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for 15 years. Her investigations have exposed sexual assault at prep schools in New England, doctors secretly performing two surgeries at the same time, and the widespread mislabeling of fish in the restaurant industry. In 2015, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work with the Spotlight Team on “Shadow Campus,” a series about dangerous off-campus college housing. Jenn grew up in New York, attended Cornell University, and lives in Boston.

VIP Ticket Prices

VIP Admission (Ages 16+) - $150 (includes General Admission ticket)

VIP Ticket Sales will end Friday March 23 at 5 p.m.

Doors for VIP admission will open at 5:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet with Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson

Chessy and Jenn will mix and mingle with guests during the VIP coctail hour at Venue Naples. Photographs with the authors will be allowed during this time.

Food and Drink

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be passed by CRAVE Culinaire from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Complimentary wine and a full cash bar will be available for VIP guests from 5:30-6:45 p.m. A full cash bar will be available after 6:45 p.m.

Latecomers

ALL ticket holders must be in their seat 15 minutes before the event begins or their seat may be given to individuals in the standby line.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

All of our venues are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Rio DeArmond at 239-989-5719 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org ahead of time to make arrangements for this event.

Age Limit

Anyone under the age of 16 will not be admitted to the VIP portion of the event

General Admission Ticket Prices

Regular Admission (Ages 10+) - $50

General Admission Ticket Sales end Sunday, March 25 at 5 p.m.

Arrival Time

Doors for general admission seating will open at 6:30 p.m.

Age Limit

Babies and children under the age of 10 will not be admitted to this event

Latecomers

ALL ticket holders must be in their seat 15 minutes before the lecture begins or their seat may be given to individuals in the standby line.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

All of our venues are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Rio DeArmond at 239-989-5719 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org ahead of time to make arrangements for this event.

Food and Drink

No outside food or drink is allowed. A cash bar will be available for guests upon arrival.

Contact

If you have any questions, please call Rio DeArmond at 239.989.5716 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org



About the Organizer

Wellfit Girls (www.wellfitgirls.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Southwest Florida. The mission of Wellfit Girls is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs. Wellfit Girls was founded by Jill Wheeler to inspire teen girls to climb high in all areas of life, and provides a unique and meaningful five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment program specifically designed to empower teen girls to believe they can do anything. The program concludes with a life-changing expedition to Peru and trek to Machu Picchu. The Wellfit Girls curriculum guides girls through a combination of physical, mental and interpersonal challenges designed to prepare them for the final expedition to Peru, as well as the rest of their lives, with a goal to inspire and empower each girl while nurturing and developing each girl’s individual leadership style

If you have any questions, please call Rio DeArmond at 239.989.5716 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org

About the Venue

Chef Brian Roland and his wife, Nicole, launched Venue Naples in early 2017. The customizable, multi-use event destination and art galary is unique to Naples. Venue Naples (www.venuenaples.com) can accomodate various events, such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events, holiday parties, Bar Mitzvahs and more, and houses The Gallery of Amazing Things (www.galleryamazing.com), an art gallery based out of Dania Beach that showcases monthly exhibits of unique art, decor and antiques available for purchase. Chef Roland's company is Crave Culinaire (www.craveculinaire.com)

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Emily Golden, Priority Marketing (emily@prioritymarketing.com), 239.267.2638 or 239.565.1595 (cell)

Holly Boldrin, Priority Marketing (holly@prioritymarketing.com) 239.267.2638 or 239.887.9335 (cell)

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