Rock Concert Raises Voices, Awareness, Towards a Drug Free World

CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Saturday the 10th of October, enthusiasts rocked out in the historic Church of Scientology-owned Fort Harrison to music by multi-national artists with the message that art can thrive without drugs. This was the 4th Annual Rock for a Drug Free World, which featured performances by WD-HAN, Rob Meister, Carlos Day, Michael Graves, Brenda SiFuentes, X-factor finalist Stacey Francis and rap-artist Chill E.B. All of the artists promoted the Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign.

Julieta Santagostino, the President of the Florida chapter of the Foundation for a Drug Free World, served as MC. “All around us, you see a drug culture,” she told the audience, “it is made to look glamorous, but it isn’t. You don’t need drugs to be successful as a musician, as these artists tonight show you.”

A few alarming statistics, just in Pinellas County Florida, underscore the need for events like the concert to steer youth away from drugs. Every 32 hours, someone in Pinellas County dies from a drug overdose. Some 63 percent of high school students in the county admitted to having used alcohol or other illicit drugs. Dangerous designer drugs including K2 (a synthetic marijuana) are surfacing in convenience stores around the area.

Concert performers delivered their message against drugs from the first song of the concert forward. The performers had the audience on their feet dancing to a wide range of music, from original songs by WD-HAN and Chill E. B. to classic rock from Michael Graves (Carry on my Wayward Son) and Brenda SiFuentes (I Love Rock ‘N Roll), to harmonies from Carlos Day and Rob Meister (Human Nature) to Stacey Frances’ version of Happy, backed up by students from Washburn Academy.

Gold medal-winning chefs from the Fort Harrison kept the dancers’ enthusiasm fueled with a buffet of savory foods and a chocolate fountain.

The funds raised will sponsor the printing of Truth About Drugs education booklets and provide the Foundation with additional educational opportunities.

On July 11th, the Church of Scientology renovated and opened a building in the heart of downtown Clearwater to house the Florida chapter for the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. The new office is open to the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Since its opening, over 2,400 people have toured the center, 30,500 Truth About Drugs brochures, DVDs and Foundation materials have been distributed and 25 local organizations have adopted the program.

The Church undertook this task in honor of Mr. Hubbard, the founder of the religion who developed a technology to free the human spirit from the harmful effects of drugs and toxins. Mr. Hubbard wrote, "Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our culture is drugs."

The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
This Clearwater Church makes its historic Fort Harrison available free of charge to non-profit organizations to hold community events and supports the non-profit, secular organization the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World
Worldwide, The Foundation for a Drug-Free World's (FDFW) Truth About Drugs program is used by 1,200 organizations, government and law enforcement agencies. Volunteers of FDFW have distributed 50 million drug prevention booklets and held tens of thousands of drug awareness events in 180 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. To learn more, please go to www.drugfreeworld.org

For more information Contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860 patharney@churchofscientology.net

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization