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The purpose of Restore is to open a "safehouse" in New York to give a house to those survived from sex traffick, and a safe place for the recovery and the change to a healthy and normal life. The amount set by Restore is 50.000$. Restore signed the contract of the new safehouse's location on 2 September 2010.
|Had the first meal with @AmyLeeEv @plunkosante Josh & Norma in the safehouse last night. We got lots of work to do|
On September 28th, Amy posted again:
On October 1, Restore announced in a thank you video that Amy donated a piano to the safehouse and that she would teach music to the survivors.
Amy was an official supporter of the "Second Annual Freedom Gala" held on March 24, 2011. It was believed that she had attended the gala and also performed, but this turned out to be a rumour. The purpose of the gala was to raise $200,000 to provide housing and included services for foreigners who survived the sex trafficking. Zach Williams performed during the gala, playing original songs inspired by Restore's work.
Inspiration on "My Heart is Broken"
- See also: My Heart Is Broken
Amy's involvement with the organisation inspired her and Zach to write "My Heart is Broken" off Evanescence's third album, Evanescence. This is what Amy said about the song:
|A good friend of mine heads up an organisation in New York that rescues victims of sex trafficking. My husband and I got involved and were really moved and horrified. As I was writing the song I was putting myself in that place - what would it be like to be trapped? Threatened? Alone? Unable to tell anyone what was happening because you're afraid of what would happen?|
Restore Freedom Gala 2012
On April 10, 2012, the third annual Restore Freedom Gala was held at City Winery in New York. The event was held to support the modern-day abolitionist movement and give a voice to survivors of sex trafficking, and featured an acoustic performance by Amy Lee, Paula Cole and Ashley Arrison. Both Paula and Ashley heard about the event through Amy and were inspired to participate in the annual Restore NYC gala after learning more about sex trafficking. This was the setlist of the performance:
- "My Heart Is Broken" (Amy Lee feat. Paula Cole and Ashley Arrison)
- "Caged Bird" (Ashley Arrison feat. Amy Lee)
- "Everybody Hurts" (Amy Lee, Paula Cole and Ashley Arrison)
- "I Don’t Want to Wait" (Paula Cole feat. Amy Lee and Ashley Arrison)
Notes and References
- "We just signed the lease! Thank you all for everything! NYC now has a safehouse for sex trafficked women!". Twitter. September 2, 2010. https://twitter.com/RestoreNYC/status/22818573510.
- Lee, Amy (2010). "Restore NYC | Brick by Brick". Restore NYC. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100827184042/http://my.restorenyc.org:80/amyleerestore.
- "Had the first meal with @AmyLeeEv @plunkosante Josh & Norma in the safehouse last night.". Twitter. September 10, 2010. https://twitter.com/RestoreNYC/status/24119707992.
- Lee, Amy (September 28, 2010). "Restore NYC | Brick by Brick". Restore NYC. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101002132338/http://my.restorenyc.org/amyleerestore.
- "@AmyLeeEv just confirmed to be an official supporter at the #FreedomGala". Twitter. May 2, 2011. https://twitter.com/RestoreNYC/status/42986887081758720.
- Confirmed by Faith Huckel, Restore's co-founder.
- Garner, George (October 8, 2011). "About a Girl". Kerrang! (1384): 25.
- "Amy Lee Concert Setlist at Restore Freedom Gala on April 10, 2012". Setlist.fm. April 10, 2012. https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/amy-lee/2012/city-winery-new-york-ny-1bd9f168.html.