SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate his birthday, popular local DJ Shane Stiel will host a fundraiser for Stand For The Silent on Friday, June 29, at The Brass Rail.
Stand for the Silent was created in 2010 by a group of students from the Oklahoma State University's Oklahoma City Upward Bound Chapter after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. At age 11, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years.
The organization serves as a platform to allow the Smalley's to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent a tragedy like this from happening to another child and family.
The Smalleys' mission is to continue to change children's lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, the Smalleys have traveled to hundreds of schools and spoken with more than 580,000 kids. In March 2010, the couple met privately with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in the White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.
Their story is featured in director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully.
Stiel says that this charity is close to his heart because of bullying he faced while in school. He also says that he has some friends who lost their lives as a result of bullying.
The event will take place at The Brass Rail's Glitter Cub Disko event on Friday, June 29, from 9 pm to 2 am.
A minimum donation of $5 is requested, to benefit Stand For The Silent.
The Brass Rail is located at 3796 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest.
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