Bama Against Bullying Benefit: Fashion with a Purpose (via Druid City Living) Featured

Courtesy of Druid City Living

By Laurie Mundy Perrigin

 Barbie Perry wants to make a difference. Perry, the owner of Street Jam Talent Agency in Tuscaloosa, was looking for a way to help combat bullying among youngsters. The result is Bama Against Bullying, set for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Cypress Inn Pavilion.

“Given that I own a talent agency and have so many talented people, I knew that I could put together an event to raise awareness in an effective way,” Perry said. “Bama Against Bullying is for everyone; it’s a fun, family event.”

According to Perry, Bama Against Bullying combines the arts and entertainment in a way that raises awareness. The event features a fashion show with prestigious area boutiques, including The Pants Store, Part Two, Krush, Soca and The Gypsy Spur. In addition, several live performances are planned by The Street Jam Crew, ABJ Force, Taylor Semone and other local artists. Music and lighting will be provided by Dj Protoj of Tuscaloosa. Hors D'oeuvres will be provided as well.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Tuscaloosa City Schools’ “HALT” anti-bullying program. For Perry, a mom of four young children, this is all about the kids.

Dancers rehearse for the Bama Against Bullying show.

“After working with young people for so many years, I’ve heard bullying stories that were really upsetting,” Perry said. “One I’ve seen happen many times is when boys that dance and do theatre are called names because other boys think that stuff is only for girls, so they’re made fun of. That’s not right.”

Once Perry got the word out about Bama Against Bullying, it didn’t take long for the community response to follow.

“Everyone realizes what a big problem this is,” said Perry. “In fact, they realize how bullying takes place not only with children, but people of all ages.”

Druid City Living is a proud sponsor of Bama Against Bullying. Additional sponsors include Nick’s Kids Foundation, Norris Limb and Brace, Brian Avery Salon, JPO Contractors, Farley’s Ballroom, Kids Life Magazine, The Tuscaloosa News, Leading Ladies League, Perry Photography, B 101.7, TuscaBlue, McAbee Construction, Crimson Magazine, Swag, The Gypsy Spur and Smiths Machine.

If You Go:

Bama Against Bullying

Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

The Cypress Inn Pavilion

Tickets: $10 in advance at Shopdcm.com, or at The Pants Store, The Gypsy Spur, Krush, and Part Two; $12 at the door

For more information: (305) 799-1842, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Bama Against Bullying on Facebook

Photos: Barbie Perry

 

Courtesy of Druid City Living

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