Event aims to raise awareness about bullying

A star line-up of speakers and artists is expected at the “Unite Against Bullying” concert scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Cleburne County Fairgrounds in Heber springs.  

Owner of I Love Dream Records and President of Pancho’s Mexican Foods Brenda O’Brien teamed up with local organizations Teen Recruiters and Speak Life to host a free community event to raise awareness about the this serious issue. 

O’Brien is a native of West Memphis and was raised upstairs from the famous Plantation Inn Nightclub in West Memphis, which is a landmark in Memphis’ famous musical history.  She will not only host the event, but also use her musical and songwriting talents to help raise awareness about bullying. 

Speak Life is a local program, developed by teens, that aims to give support to peers and encouragement against bullying.  Teen Recruiters is a local nonprofit organization that promotes personal growth and self-esteem among children. 

Other artists will join O’Brien onstage, including Voice contestant Kris Thomas, Grammy nominee Wendy Moten, Grammy nominee Justin Merrick, Steve Argy, Sarah Simmons, Karina Iglesias, Shanyne Leighton, the students of the Stax Music Academy, and local band Imagine That. 

Local and state dignitaries will also be on hand at the event, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Senator Missy Irvin, Heber Springs Mayor Jimmy Clark, Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), and State Representative Josh Miller, among many others. 

The concert will be Tuesday, August 18, at the Cleburne County Fairgrounds (880 Bittle Road in Heber).  Local band Imagine That will take the stage at 6:30pm and the Unite Against Bullying concert will begin at 7 p.m. 

The event is free to the public and will include a video, live music, and food.  Children and adults alike are encouraged to attend and get educated about the plague of bullying and steps they can take to help diminish its effects on society.