Actions for Change (actionsforchange.com), an organization started by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School parents Doug and Jennifer Zeif, has teamed up with Shine MSD and Change the Ref. The three organizations, founded after the Parkland, Fla., school shootings, have launched a major food and music festival, with well-known chefs and musical acts.
The Actions for Change Food & Music Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland.
The evening will feature sweet and savory bites, cocktails, a beer garden and musical performances. To buy tickets, visit actionsforchange.com.
Chefs include Marc Vetri, Philadelphia; Art Smith, Chicago; Gabriela Camara, Mexico City and San Francisco; Michael Kornick, Chicago; and Bradley Kilgore, Miami. Many of the chefs are James Beard Award winners and/or Michelin Star-rated.
The goals of the event are:
To provide healing by using the arts to deliver love, light and hope;
To register people to vote;
To raise national awareness about gun violence;
To raise funds for organizations committed to helping all of our nation’s youth.
Seventeen people died in the February 2018 shooting at the school, which the Zeifs’ two sons attend. Their sons each lost friends.
Doug Zeif explains, “We can never take back the events of that day, but our hope is that by mobilizing the next generation, no other community will experience what we have gone through. This Action for Change event is our way of creating purpose out of pain. We felt like we had to do something, and trying to soothe this community felt like the right thing to do. Doing nothing was not an option.”
The live-music lineup will be announced soon.
Peter Yarrow — of Peter, Paul & Mary — will perform with Douglas High students. In addition, 10 prominent singers and songwriters have collaborated on an album that will be released on Spotify during the event.
The Shine MSD (Marjory Stoneman Douglas) students, who performed at this year’s Tony Awards, will also be featured. (For information, visit shinemsd.org.)
Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver, will be painting a “Wall of Demand” live. In addition, there will be an online auction with art and many other items.
Change the Ref (changetheref.org), a nonprofit organization, was formed to empower future leaders by giving them the tools they need to make changes — through education, conversation, and activism — to critical problems facing our nation.
Tickets ($45 for those 17 and under) can be purchased at actionsforchange.com; adult admission is $195; “super-donor” is $350.
For more information on the event or for sponsorship opportunities, call 888-488-1116.