(Images courtesy of Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying)
Philadelphia-based nonprofit Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying (FSPAB) today announced radio hit recording artist Meredith O’Connor will kick off her world tour with an exclusive performance at their annual “Arts Against Bullying” showcase on September 23.
PHILADELPHIA — Meredith O’Connor creates music that is loved by millions and has been featured on radio stations all over the world. Her inspirational story and anti-bullying message has changed and even saved lives — she was recently honored with the Inspiration Award by the APCC and the City of Los Angeles for her work as an “anti-bullying icon” who uses her message and influence to help others. A leader in her industry, O’Connor spoke alongside Salman Khan and others at this year’s AASA Conference for school superintendents.
“We are thrilled that Meredith has chosen the ‘Arts Against Bullying’ gala to launch her tour,” says FSPAB Founder Jazz Gray-Sadler. “Meredith has been a force for the anti-bullying movement, impacting numerous people with her message of kindness and understanding, and we look forward to honoring her and her accomplishments.”
The second annual “Arts Against Bullying” showcase takes place on Sunday, September 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ibrahim Theatre. In addition to O’Connor’s musical performance, the Philadelphia Dance Academy will perform special selections.
Speakers at the event include Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, former CEO of the fourth largest market in the American Red Cross (ARC); Desiree Peterkin Bell, CEO of DPBell Associates & former senior advisor to Obama for America; FSPAB Executive Director Marchee Briant; and FSPAB Founder Jazz Gray-Sadler.
“Every year, volunteers, donors, sponsors, performers and more, work together to help our ‘Arts Against Bullying’ gala come to fruition,” said FSPAB Executive Director Briant. “We are humbled by the passion, kindness and selflessness of the amazing people whose time, talents and generosity help us support those who desperately need it.”
“FSPAB’s ‘Arts Against Bullying’ event uses the arts to raise awareness about the public health crisis of bullying,” said O’Connor. “As an artist, it’s exciting to be using my music to promote such an important cause. And as someone who has been bullied in the past, I look forward to continuing to use my music and my voice to letting victims of bullying and abuse know that they have a community of people around them who care.”
As part of her anti-bullying campaign, O’Connor will also visit two Philadelphia-area schools on Friday, September 21, Andrew Jackson School and Horatio B. Hackett School. She will address students about bullying awareness, sign autographs, and give away tickets to Arts Against Bullying to selected students in the UPSTANDERS program.
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About Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying: Based in Philadelphia, Fifty Shades of Purple (FSPAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating bullying and addressing the effects of bullying across the entire age spectrum. Launched in September 2015, Kati “Jazz” Gray-Sadler founded the charity after years of struggling with school officials that failed to protect her own son. She decided that no parent should ever feel as helpless as she did, and no victim of bullying should ever be without a strong advocate and a game plan. Executive Director Marchee Briant, Gray-Sadler and expert volunteers from all backgrounds and experiences work to provide support, information, contact info for state resources and more, to anyone who needs it. FSPAB’s national board has 11 voting members and four advisory members, and the charity holds two annual events: a community networking evening in the spring and the “Arts Against Bullying” performance showcase and gala in the fall. For more information, please visit their website at fspagainstbullying.org and like them on Facebook.