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We are so excited to come together again for our 7th Annual Women’s Tea! Located at the iconic Olmsted, we are committed to producing a safe, fun, and memorable experience for all who attend. We host this event every year on the Saturday before the Kentucky Derby to raise awareness of sex trafficking and exploitation of women in our city. Our aim is to inform and inspire women to live on purpose, giving a voice to the voiceless and offering hope to the hopeless.

The women we serve come from hard places, but they are resilient, uniquely created, and God has a plan for their life. At Scarlet Hope, we long to see women set free from exploitation to grow into the purpose God has designed for them.

Join us on April 24th to hear Bold & Beautiful stories and learn more about our ministry. Gather your friends and come enjoy the silent auction, photo booth, delicious brunch, and compelling message!


Saturday, April 24th, 2021



Doors open at 9:30 AM
Event begins at 10:00 AM



The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207


For the safety of our guests, we are hosting this event at 50% capacity to allow for social distancing within the venue. Masks will be required except when seated. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 leading up to the event or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please do not attend. Contact us if you have any questions.



Laurel Sims-Stewart, M.Ed., ATR, LPCC
Laurel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a background in art therapy. She completed her M.Ed. in Counseling with a Concentration in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2012. Prior to completing her master’s, she gained experience in the mental health field working with children & adolescents in mental health crisis services, children battling chronic medical issues, and as a sexual assault crisis counselor. Laurel is the recipient of the 2019 Bridge to Light Award for Child Counseling and Support, and has served on the board of the Kentucky Art Therapy Association. She is also a Content Developer with the Academy of Integrative Mental Health, and co-host of the Academy’s Integrative Conversations podcast.

In her clinical work, Laurel specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, body image and self-esteem, life stage transitions, and spirituality and faith issues. Throughout her time in practice, she has always gravitated toward an integrative, insight-based approach that also includes narrative work, mindfulness and meditation, psychoeducation, somatic (body-based) and polyvagal work, and expressive techniques. Laurel believes that all people have the capacity to heal from their traumas with the right support. She encourages all of her clients to take an active role in writing the narrative of their life by including elements of mind, body, and spirit throughout.


Theresa C. Hayden, PhD., MSSW
completed her doctorate in social work from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. Along that road, she earned two master’s degrees (social work Kent School and religious education Fordham University New York City), and a bachelor’s in psychology from Brescia University in Owensboro KY. She has taught courses in research methods, statistics, policy, and human trafficking. Theresa has presented on the topic of human trafficking at international, state, and local conferences. As the Board Chair of the non-profit People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky, she is engaged with community awareness on the crime of human trafficking. Dr. Hayden is Professor Emeritus from the University of Louisville Department of Criminal Justice.


Rachelle Starr is first and foremost a lover of Jesus. In 2007, Rachelle founded Scarlet Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the hope of Jesus with women in the adult entertainment industry. Scarlet Hope has since expanded across six cities in the United States and has trained thousands to launch similar nonprofits worldwide. Rachelle with her team launched a Career Development Program through which women can receive employment and valuable job skills to prepare them for brighter futures. Rachelle and her husband, Josh, have two sons, Isaac and Caleb, and currently live in Louisville, KY.


Taylor Durden is a reporter/anchor at WAVE3 News. She moved to Louisville in September 2018 after living in Waco, Texas, for four years. Taylor grew up in California and graduated from Biola University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a minor in Biblical Studies. She has a passion for people and hearing/telling their stories. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors.

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