Anti-bullying festival, walk returns to Falls River Square Aug. 2

by SOPHIE KRUSE | Reporter Published:

Cuyahoga Falls -- It's estimated that between one in four and one in three U.S. students have been bullied at school. Bullying victims are between two and nine times more likely to commit suicide than non-victims.

Diversity Athletic Promotions' "Defend You & Defend Me" is aiming to make these numbers smaller.

The Stop Bullying! Fundraising Festival and Walk will take place at Falls River Square on Aug. 2.

"This is the second annual festival, and we're expecting a tremendous turnout," said LaMara Iverson, president of Diversity Athletic Promotions. "We were requested to come back."

The festival will begin at 3 p.m. at Falls River Square.

The pavilion will be open, and attendees are able to enter with a $7 donation, where most of the fundraising will come from. Money raised will go to the programming that Diversity Athletic Promotions puts on throughout the year, including a mentor program and an emergency response program.

The event is hosted by radio personality Robyn Simone from 93.1 WZAK. Speakers at the festival will include Mayor Don Walters and Laura Cowan from the Laura Cowan Foundation, which helps victims of domestic abuse. There will also be a variety of churches and ministers speaking.

Entertainment will include the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team, Heirs, Red Rose Panic and Robert T "The Real Soul Pleaser" doing a tribute to James Brown. More guests and entertainers will be at the event.

A fashion show presented by Raphelle Dixson will take place between 4 and 5 p.m.

There will also be food and retail vendors.

A key component to the event is the walk, which will begin at 1 p.m. at the clock tower. There is no cost and participants don't need to pre-register.

Walkers will begin at the clock tower, go down Front Street, cross over by the Sheraton Suites and return to the clock tower. Free food will be available for walkers.

For more information, visit www.defendyoudefendme.com.

Email: skruse@recordpub.com

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