Thursday, December 29, 2011

NYC Restaurant Supports Nomi Network

On December 6 Nomi Network’s executive team in partnership with the NYC based German restaurant, Wechsler’s Currywurst and Bratwurst (120 1st Avenue, New York NY), hosted a gathering to introduce customers and new friends and acquaintances to the organization’s mission of leveraging the marketplace to eradicate human trafficking. The restaurant displayed products along their counter tops as well as brochures and a container for a business card raffle. There was a diverse mix of individuals in attendance, including employees of financial, marketing and legal firms, journalists, and health industry professionals. The cozy space created a festive atmosphere and attendees stayed late into the evening sampling the restaurants’ specialty beers and authentic German street food.

Nomi Network team members chatted with guests as adept hostesses, Misty Shores and Sho-Joung Kim-Wechsler helped serve guests and skillfully usher people to seats while simultaneously sharing about the global issue of human trafficking and Nomi Network’s mission. Restaurant owner, Andre Wechsler, a native of Germany, left his job in finance in 2008 to open Wechsler’s Currywurst and Bratwurst. His ancestry included a lineage of Bavarian butchers and he was inspired to follow in their footsteps, making authentic German food and culture available to New Yorkers. His restaurant has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, NYMagazine, Timeout, and many others. Andre first heard about Nomi Network’s mission to fight human trafficking through his wife, Sho-Joung Kim-Wechsler.

Despite the rainy weather on the evening of the event, the gathering was warm and vibrant, and the connections vital to the growth of the organization. New York City is the epicenter of ideas that create wealth and social change. The Wechsler’s created an environment where this exchange took place effortlessly.

- Alissa Moore & Diana Mao

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