Family-Friendly Concert in Cary Says ‘Back Off Bully’

Spotlight Gabbierae

Help promote October as National Anti-Bullying Month at a local concert featuring 13-year-old pop star Gabbie Rae, who has been a professional entertainer since she was 7 years old. Her single, “Don’t Look Down,” sends a strong message to fans to stand up for others who are being bullied.

Gabbie Rae was born with an under-developed trachea and had two major throat surgeries by the time she was 3 years old. Now she is inspiring others and using her music to empower teens victimized by bullying.

The concert, Back Off Bully: Be Bold, is Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1-5 p.m. The show will open with performances by two local family-friendly groups, Rusty Bucket Kids Band and Sacrificial Poets, followed by an hour-long performance by Gabbie Rae.

Proceeds will support Peaceful Schools-NC, a local anti-bullying project undertaken by the N.C. Psychoanalytic Foundation that seeks to create safe school communities, free from violence and fear of intimidation. In 2009, after successfully piloting the curriculum at Carolina Friends Middle School, a three-year program started at Central Park School for Children in Durham.

“Since then, the whole culture of the school has changed,” said Sarah Stiegler, executive director of NCPF. “We are clearing the way for learning so teachers can teach and students can learn.”

Peaceful Schools-NC is hoping to build partnerships with more schools and create custom programs for each.

Back Off Bully: Be Bold Benefit Concert will take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. General tickets are $10 (kids under 5 are free) and can be purchased online at www.boothamphitheatre.com/purchase.htm. You can also purchase a family four-pack of tickets for $30 and a special lunch with Gabbie Rae for $25. For more information about the concert and Peaceful Schools-NC, visit www.peacefulschoolsnc.org or call 919-847-2323.

The event is sponsored by Vanilla Print, Hilton, Starbucks, Stevens Martin Vaughn and Tadych PLLC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, The Big Easy, The Total Connection and Carolina Parent.

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