Mitzi Perdue

Founder & President, Win This Fight! Stop Human Trafficking

Mitzi Perdue holds a BA with honors from Harvard University and an MPA from George Washington University.

She is a past president of the 35,000-member American Agri-Women. She’s also a former syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard and her column, The Environment and You, and in the 1990s, was the most widely-syndicated environmental column in the country.

Her television series, Country Magazine, was syndicated to 76 stations. She’s the founder of CERES Farms, the second-generation family-owned vineyards that sell wine grapes to wineries such as Mondavi, Bogle, Folie a Deux, and Toasted Head.

Mitzi combines the experiences of three long-time family businesses. Her father Ernest Henderson co-founded the Sheraton Hotel Chain and her late husband Frank Perdue was the second generation in the poultry company that today operates in more than 50 countries. She herself founded CERES Farms in 1974.

She became part of anti-human trafficking efforts after hearing a talk on how we can rescue and rehabilitate victims of trafficking.

She wanted to make a serious donation to help but realized that would mean cutting back on other charities she was committed to. As she sat in the audience, she asked herself, “What charity could I cut back on?”

But then she had an idea. She could raise money by auctioning something she owned, a17th Century De Medici desk, and she could donate the proceeds to anti-trafficking efforts.

That was the beginning of Win This Fight. Today many dozens of others who care about human trafficking will be converting high-value tangible assets into cash through an anti-trafficking auction at Sotheby’s in January of 2021. They get to determine which anti-trafficking benefits from their donation.