DAVIDSON – The Foundation for Respect Ability will host the area’s first anti-bully concert Sunday, Jan. 23, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane.
The event is the brainchild of Arlene Berkman of Cornelius who founded the organization and modeled it on Operation Respect, a project spearheaded by Peter Yarrow of the famous-folk group Peter, Paul and Mary.
“Bullying is an unacceptable act that causes children and young adults great angst. I started the foundation to help create awareness for the problem and offer solutions for all involved by using music to unite and inspire, along with educational approaches to provide resources and solutions,” Berkman said.
Sid Krupkin, the organization’s director of education, is a local educator and musician. He will be the featured performer for the event.
The event’s musical program was chosen to create audience interaction and allow people to connect emotionally and practically to these pressing issues,” he said.
The music will range from the folk tradition of the 1960s to the upbeat modern songs of today. The inspirational song “Don’t Laugh At Me,” written by Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin, has been a catalyst for hundreds of workshops around the world and it is also the theme song for the event.
The 1 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Any person who is interested or concerned with the issues of bullying, cyber-bullying, intimidation, exclusion and the violence that affects schools, families and communities should attend this event.
Call 704-438-9798 to reserve a seat as space is limited.