Stand Up Against Bullying: Celebrating 20 Years of RESPECT

Join us for a virtual fundraiser event on August 6, 2020 to support RESPECT’s 20 years of preventing bullying, child abuse, and dating violence in our community and “Staging Conversations” about healthy relationships with thousands of students each year.  The event can be experienced from the comfort of your own home and will feature highlights from our newest educational plays. Once attendees register here, they will receive information on how to join the event.

RESPECT is adapting to a new world with even more challenges. We are proud to have created new scripts to meet evolving needs and we have adapted existing ones to be offered remotely in an engaging format. We continue to offer prevention programs covering topics of bullying, dating violence, child abuse, internet safety, and negative peer pressure with options related to suicide, depression, drugs, alcohol, body image and self-harm. Our newest programs address safety and emotional needs related to COVID-19 and identity-based bullying as related to racial inequalities and racism.

RESPECT has provided programs for nearly 600,000 participants since we started and we have cast dozens of actor-educators supporting and benefitting from our talented arts community. RESPECT is a small but powerful organization facilitating changes that make true differences in the lives of others: helping a child report that his uncle is abusing him – helping girls report rape – helping children report that a parent is being abused by another parent – helping students learn how to help others who are being bullied – helping students tell someone they are cutting themselves – helping students know how to tell someone they want to die – helping students know how to make a friend and be a friend. These are skills that last forever. They are invaluable.

According to Jermaine Jones, RESPECT’s Chairman, the evening can be experienced virtually from the comfort of your own home and also features a parallel online silent auction with over 75 items available for bidding. RESPECT will recognize three individuals: Ilana Weiss, Associate Executive Director, as Staff Member of the Year; Sister Marie Micheletto, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, as Board Member of the Year; and Chip Thompson, of Chip Thompson Design, as Community Partner of the Year.

The RESPECT actor-educators will highlight scenes from RESPECT’s new virtual programs: Patching Things Up, Bub Meets Scrub, Top Secret, Scraps, Headlines of Hate.

Sponsors include:  John & Carol Maginn, Scott & Cindy Heider, Union Pacific, Sonny Gerber Auto Sales, D A Davidson & Co., The Harry A. Koch Co., Regal Printing Company.

Tickets start at $25 per person with all proceeds going towards the work of RESPECT.  Sponsorships are available starting at $500. For more information and tickets visit or contact RESPECT at 402-965-1425.

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