The nonprofit organization Boo2Bullying is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Wellness Festival on September 30 in beautiful Sunrise Park in Palm Springs. Everything is FREE for youth and adult attendees thanks to generous Sponsors and Community Partners. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is recommended at https://boo2bullying.org/events/
From 8:30am until 2pm, Boo2Bullying and Community Partner organizations will host information tables/booths and family-friendly activities, DJ Aaron Carter, glitter bracelets, balloon animals and face-painting for children. Festival-goers will also be treated to a “Cool Critters” show by the Mobile Zoo of Southern California and free hot dogs, nachos, icy lemonade and more at the ultra-fun Blue Truck Mobile Snack Bar.
In the air-conditioned Pavilion Building auditorium from 10am – 11am, inspirational speakers and local experts will address how to combat bullying, discrimination against LGBTQ+ youth, and related mental health issues. Meanwhile, engaging activities for younger children will be conducted in a “safe room” by Dani Bowman, award winning animator and advocate for youth and adults on the autism spectrum.
At noon, the action shifts to the high school baseball field where Coachella Valley notables and out-of-town celebrities will compete in Boo2Bullying’s inaugural “Kick Bullying to the Curb” game. Sofia Lanza of Xavier Prep Academy will sing the National Anthem.
Hollywood actors coming to Palm Springs for the Festival and Kickball game include Jack Griffo (The Thundermans, Nickelodeon), Tara Reid (American Pie Franchise, The Big Lebowski, Josie and the Pussycats, Sharknado), Cassie Scerbo (Make it or Break it, Grand Hotel, Bring it in: In it to Win it), Dani Bowman (Love on the Spectrum), Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo, Walker on CW), Brytni Sarpy (The Young and the Restless, Truth or Dare), Christina Masterson (Power Rangers, Truth or Dare), Tala Zoukari (Miss World California), Zachary Roozen (Romeo and Juliet Killers, Requiem For A Scream.), and Katie Sarife (Annabelle Comes Home, Supernatural, This is Us”).
Sponsor underwriters of Boo2Bullying and this event are the City of Palm Springs, James MacMillan, BIGHORN Cares Foundation, Contour Dermatology, Jared Leland, the Rogers Foundation, Kid Dangerous, and more.
A partial list of Community Partners participating in the Wellness Festival includes the City of Palm Springs Parks & Recreation Department, Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, First Tee-Coachella Valley, Gay for Good, Green Room Theatre Coachella Valley, KESQ News Channel 3, The LGBTQ Community Center, and Transgender Health & Wellness Center.
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