REbeL TO HOST BE YOU BASH ON MARCH 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2014
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Annie Hellweg
(913) 461-5404
anniehellweg@gmail.com

REbeL PEER EDUCATION TO HOST BE YOU BASH ON MARCH 1
Fundraiser to be held at the Dubliner, Hosted by Trent and Julie Green

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – REbeL, a student-driven peer education and prevention program designed to address disordered eating and body image concerns, will host their first Be You Bash, an evening for food, fun, and celebrating individuality on March 1. The event will be held at the Dubliner and hosted by Trent and Julie Green. Trent is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, and his wife, Julie, is a dedicated philanthropist.

“The Be You Bash is going to be an incredible evening – for both attendees and for the organization – and we couldn’t be more excited to invite the Kansas City community to come out and enjoy a great evening while learning more about REbeL and providing critical support for our mission,” explains Laura Eickman, founder of REbeL. “We’ve grown quickly over the past 6 years, and this event is just another example of how we are engaging the greater Kansas City community to garner support to continue our fight to change the definition of beauty and health for every body. We’re so grateful for the continued support we’ve received from across the metro and to Trent and Julie Green for making this evening possible.”

The event, which is being sponsored by Aristocrat Motors, will be held in the Power and Light District at The Dubliner, 170 E 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106, from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets range in price from $50-$85 and will be available online for purchase through February 27, and also available at the door the day of the event. The Be You Bash will feature heavy appetizers, cocktails and an evening of entertainment, including DJ JT Quick, Allen Voss Quartet, Keith Leff of Magicreations, a photobooth from Theatre of the Imagination, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting REbeL.

REbeL has been an active part of the Kansas City community, focusing on educating, training and empowering youth, since 2008. The program first educates members on eating disorders and body image issues, emphasizing the importance of health and encouraging students to be introspective – evaluating their own thoughts and feelings about their appearance. Students are then educated on topics including the prevalence of eating and body image issues, the inefficacy of diets, the impact of negative self-talk and media literacy. After continuous training and education over the course of a year, students become the educators and initiators, creating a dissonance-based leadership style and encouraging students to develop their own solutions to problems. Since REbeL was founded in 2008, more than a dozen students who have participated in the program in high school have chosen to pursue degrees and careers aimed at the prevention of eating and body image concerns. The Be You Bash will be an opportunity for the organization to raise critical funds to continue to support programs in Kansas City area schools.

To purchase tickets to the Be You Bash or to learn more about the event, visit http://re-bel.org/beyoubash or email info@re-bel.org.

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About REbeL
REbeL is a peer education program, founded in 2008 by Laura Eickman, Psy.D., that aims to change the definition of beauty and health for individuals of all ages. REbeL was originally piloted as a student group at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., to promote an environment that would build self-esteem and confidence among youth, while combatting disordered eating and body image issues that have become increasingly prevalent among young men and women. The organization has since grown into a not-for-profit, launching additional chapters in Kansas area high schools and recently extending their reach to middle schools, recognizing that combatting body image issues begins at a young age. In addition to peer education, the organization also hosts the annual Walk to REbeL, along with numerous community events including parent education workshops and classroom presentations. To learn more about REbeL, visit www.re-bel.org or contact REbeL at info@re-bel.org or 913-814-9209.