Dallas’ own Abi Ferrin is beloved by real women, celebs, and royalty alike. Known for her versatile, figure-skimming dresses and separates, the 2007 Texas Next Top Designer winner has grown her company to a global level in just seven short years. Come next month, she’ll be honored for the mission that makes up the very fabric of her brand. Each Abi Ferrin design bears the mark ‘Fashion + Freedom + Purpose’ on its label. The script isn’t merely for show. From the beginning, Ferrin’s company has included two symbiotic sides: the fashions and The Freedom Project. First launching in Cambodia, and now expanded to Nepal, Ferrin’s project provides a means of steady income to women and families living in poverty. These opportunities, in turn, offer an alternative to abusive factory employment, brothel work, and sex trafficking. Handmade buttons and other accessories, featured prominently in Abi Ferrin’s collections, are a tangible symbol of hope. Proceeds from each Abi Ferrin sale also benefit The Freedom Project. On Thursday, October 2, the Fifth Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Right Gala will gather some 350 guests at downtown’s Fashion Industry Gallery. The anticipated event will include live music and dancing, cocktails, and a silent auction, to benefit Mosaic’s programs for the survivors of human rights abuses. Headlining the evening, Abi Ferrin will receive the Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Award. Our sincerest congratulations to this accomplished and compassionate local designer. For more information on Mosaic Family Services and to purchase tickets for the Fifth Annual Champion of Human Rights Gala, visit MosaicServices.org.