PRESS RELEASE: A Free Concert to raise awareness about child abuse and to support children and families in West Central Minnesota.
Contact: Mark Matthews, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (651) 532-0099 ext. 15, cell (612) 799-6528
St. Paul(August 3rd) - In an effort to respond to the growing concerns for children in West Central Minnesota, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, the Becker County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and local author Bernice Jepson are hosting a free concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. The headliner will be Cici Porter, national recording artist and child abuse prevention advocate. Her Journey to Wholeness Project has inspired and empowered many people touched by the issue of child sexual abuse. The opening act will be Valandra!, a performer, social worker, and also a survivor of abuse. Both will share their music and journeys through acoustic guitar and song.
In addition to the concert, workshops will be held for the community at the Congregational Church at 900 Lake Avenue from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in Detroit Lakes. Ann Lindstrom from Stop It Now! Minnesota will talk about How to Keep Everyone Safe- The Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, and Norma Bourland of Congregations Concerned for Children and Connie Skillingstad of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota will discuss The Sacred Journey to End Child Abuse and Neglect. These workshops are free and open to the public. Please RSVP if possible to 1-800-CHILDEN, or 1-800-913-8713.
WHAT: A concert to prevent child abuse and neglect in West Central Minnesota, plus workshops on child sexual abuse and the faith community response to abuse and neglect.
WHO: Cici Porter and the Journey to Wholeness: a celebration of transcendence and the power of music, community, and Spirit. Opening act Valandra!
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23rd, 7:00 PM at the Historic Homes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
HOW: Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, Becker County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and Bernice Jepson, author of “I’m Not That Way Anymore”, for the benefit of children and families in West Central Minnesota.
Tickets are free, and donations will be accepted. CDs from both artists will be on sale.