Celebrity Rock Concert in Baltimore to Promote Prevention Education and Substance Abuse Awareness

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The IMPACT Society will host rock concert events at Pikesville High School and Goucher College featuring celebrity musicians against substance abuse.

"Music transcends all barriers and brings people together" says Daniel Brannon, The IMPACT Society's Founder and CEO

Goucher College will be the scene of a rock concert and fundraiser March 21, 2014 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. put on by The IMPACT Society, a Maryland non-profit focused on prevention education and intervention programs and services.

The concert features “The Recovery Squad AllStars” - Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Jeff Kazee (BonJovi, Southside Johnny), Christine Ohlman (SNL Band), Liberty DeVitto (BillyJoel,The Slim Kings), Ricky Byrd (JoanJett & The Blackhearts, Roger Daltrey) and Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren, Meatloaf). Opening acts include Tall in the Saddle, Tony Denikos, and The IMPACT Society Band.

Proceeds will help fund The IMPACT Society’s Maryland-SADD Partnership, Prevention Education School Assemblies, IMPACT Recovery Houses, and IMPACT Media.

The IMPACT Society educates and influences people of all backgrounds to make wise choices and avoid destructive decisions. As the official contact for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) in Maryland, they visit schools throughout the state with a school assembly road show—an all-original music performance featuring real-life experiences that “ROCK” teens into wiser decision making.

“Our music features songs combatting substance abuse, bullying, drop-outs, teen suicide, teen pregnancy and other destructive behaviors,” says Daniel Brannon, The IMPACT Society’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer. “We educate and influence, spark and inspire, and otherwise empower young people to keep each other safe so they can avoid pitfalls in life many of us experienced.”

“We want them to know they have the power to set and achieve goals and live their dreams, while avoiding destructive decisions.”

According to government health statistics, last year more than 6,000 teens died as a direct result of alcohol abuse. The three leading causes of death for teens 12-19 years of age are accidental injury, homicide, and suicide—all commonly linked to drug and alcohol abuse and all completely preventable.

A recovering addict himself, Brannon advocates for programs which appeal to emerging new youth leaders in an effort to help teens co-create a new youth culture in which drugs and thugs are “OUT,” while community service, leadership and education are “IN.”

Along with the concert at Goucher College, The IMPACT Society and several of the celebrity rockers (Liberty DeVitto, Christine Ohlman and Ricky Byrd) will visit Pikesville High School on March 20th to advocate in their prevention education efforts with a school assembly. The IMPACT Society is also having Pikesville HS Music Boosters sell all concessions at the Goucher concert with all proceeds going directly to their school’s programs.

“We believe including students in our events provides them with opportunities to learn, grow, trust adults, develop leadership skills and engage in peer-to-peer learning,” says IMPACT Board of Director’s member Debbie Dauer. “They experience firsthand the value of community service and giving back, while also sharing in the proceeds. Teens ROCK!”

For more information on The IMPACT Society and their work visit them online at http://www.theimpactsociety.org and http://www.impactrecoveryhouse.wordpress.com. View the event promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx-mPuf3wIQ

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