An Evening of Music and Laughter: The Fourth Annual Anti-Bullying Fundraiser

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Village Theatre in Danville, Danville’s own Mike Copeland will be chairing and hosting An Evening of Music and Laughter, a fundraising show benefiting Discovery Counseling Center’s anti bullying project. This year’s show features co-headliners STUNG, the preeminent Police Tribute Band, and, from Last Comic Standing, the very funny and talented comedian, Bryan Kellen.

When he’s not putting top notch shows together, Mike is the Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield in Pleasanton and a contributing writer for ALIVE Magazine.

Mike, who is on the Board of Directors at DCC, says “Bullying is widespread and perhaps the most underreported safety problem on American school campuses. Contrary to popular belief, bullying occurs more often at school than on the way to and from there.” Once thought of as simply a rite of passage or relatively harmless behavior that helps build young people’s character, bullying is now known to have long-lasting harmful effects, for both the victim and the bully. Bullying is often mistakenly viewed as a narrow range of anti-social behavior confined to elementary school recess yards. Perhaps more than any other school safety problem, bullying affects students’ sense of security.

Past shows have included many of Copeland’s friends and such talented performers as Nashville country artist Paul Jefferson, singer-songwriters Jeff Campbell and Courtney Randall, Rocker David Victor (formerly of the band Boston) and the incredibly versatile a cappella group from Vanderbilt University, The Meledors. Additionally, the show has featured the comedic talents of Tony Camin, David Vanavermaete and Anthony Hill.

Copeland says this year’s event has secured their largest response yet from corporate sponsors including; MetCon T.I., Links for Life Foundation, Colliers International, Tommy T’s Comedy Club, Millie Severson General Contractors, Cushman & Wakefield, Ware Malcomb Architecture, Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch, Juno Rocket, ALIVE Magazine, Interior Motions, Cuenin Orthodontics, Paragon Real Estate Group, Banducci Associates Architecture, Pension Dynamics, JLL, Farmers Insurance/Herzog Insurance Agency, Studio Blue Reprographics, Cardinal Consulting and ID Architecture.

Discovery Counseling Center of San Ramon Valley offers comprehensive and affordable assistance to school age kids in times of crises, emotional need, and life transitions. Tickets for the show are $40.00 General Admission and $75.00 for Reserved VIP seating. There will be a complimentary wine and dessert reception prior to the show again this year. Kathy Chiverton, Executive Director at Discovery, say funds from this event will help Discovery Counseling Center to expand their highly-regarded anti-bullying program to more schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Every dollar raised at the anti-bullying fundraiser goes directly to the cause. With a successful event, over 2,000 4th and 5th graders will be able to participate in Discovery’s powerful and effective anti-bullying course.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Discovery Counseling Center at (925) 837-0505 or you can purchase on-line at the Discovery website www.discoveryctr.net/eventsandnewsfallfundraiser.html. This event will likely sell out again so buy your tickets early. Copeland says he is so proud of what this annual event has become and yet it wouldn’t happen without the help of Zach Haller, Nicole Fornaci, Mary Bvers, Mark Heavey, Michael Taylor, Dave Jones and others.