Make a Ripple, Change the World with SEVENDAYS 2017
SevenDays 2017 starts on Tuesday, April 18 and continues through Monday, April 24 in Kansas City. SevenDays is an effort to spread kindness and enhance interfaith understanding & dialogue following the hate murders outside Jewish facilities in April 2014 that claimed the lives of 14-year-old Reat Underwood, his grandfather Dr. William Corporon and Terri LaManno. The convicted murderer thought these people were Jewish; they were not. Two were Protestants and one a Catholic.
SevenDays continues its focus on spreading kindness and encouraging interfaith dialogue so that more understanding takes place in our diverse community. It is led by Reat's mother and Dr. Corporon's daughter, Mindy Corporon, and Terri LaManno's widower, Dr. Jim LaManno. It's through these kinds of activities we can continue to counter the hate that remains in our world, most recently demonstrated by the shooting at Austen's in Olathe. SevenDays works to show that we are more alike than different.
*On Monday evening, April 17-a pre-SevenDays event takes place at Kendra Scott Gives Back Party, 5-7 p.m. 4533 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS
SevenDays specifics are listed here; each day has a theme all its own. Exciting elements include a weeklong blood drive and organ donor registration, an improv workshop to help those dealing with grief and mental illness, an American Public Square forum on violence and the community's response, the co-founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Fund will share her story, our signature songwriting and kindness essay contest winners will be presented and we continue our peace walk this year going from Kansas City's historic Union Station!
A big emphasis has been placed on engaging our youth for they are our future. We have a Youth Advisory Board comprised of teens from a variety of faith traditions. Our button designs were created by local high school students. There is a songwriting competition as well as a an Act of Kindness scholarship competition, too. Please check out our web site at www.givesevendays.org. You can even participate virtually!
SevenDays and Kansas City is showing the country that positive peaceful change can happen.