The Sam Ash Music Store will be hosting a concert benefiting Angels and Doves starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 22.
Kim Harvey is co-founder of Angels and Doves, a national foundation based in Indianapolis designed to educate and prevent adolescent bullying.
“It’s a charity to save children from committing suicide due to bullying,” Harvey explained.
Harvey, who studied psychology and child psychology at Indiana University, defines bullying as an intentional, aggressive act against another person that’s repeated over a long period of time. Being teased every so often is not the same.
“Bullying is not normal behavior,” Harvey said. “Maybe you think it’s cool, but it’s really abnormal behavior. You do not have the right to be mean to another person. It’s not your place to judge.”
For those who bully, Harvey says it comes down to how they feel about themselves.
“If you like yourself, you’ll want to be nice to other people,” she said.
To raise funds so she can spread the word, Harvey has a goal to hold a fundraiser each month in 2014. The first such event is the concert at the Sam Ash Music Store.
“Sam Ash embraced the idea to hold a charity to end bullying and suicides,” she said. “The Sam Ash Music Store in Castleton is a 33,000 square foot facility with a full size stage. It’s fantastic. It’s a nationwide family owned business.”
The event is known as Bands Against Bullies and will feature several bands. Sam Ash Music Store is at 8284 Center Run Drive, Indianapolis.
“We are showcasing some of the finest bands in Central Indiana including Hitmen, Shed, Dell Zell, and The Perfect Dream, who is a youth band consisting of brothers and sisters. They have a female bass player who is just adorable and amazing on the bass.”