June 25, 2015- Los Angeles, CA – In May, almost 8500 fans gathered for the 3rd Annual Rise Above Fest at Darling’s Waterfront in Bangor, Maine which featured an incredible day of performances by Godsmack, Slash, Seether, Papa Roach,and many more. The Rise Above Fest has become one of the largest suicide awareness events in the world. The festival was created by Seether as a dedication to front man Shaun Morgan’s brother whom he lost to suicide. This year’s event raised over $50,000 as well as garnering global awareness in hopes of removing the stigma associated with mental illness and depression.
Funds were raised not only from general ticket purchases but also from T-shirt sales, VIP ticket packages and sales from a special Sea Dog Brewery”Rise Above Red” ale created specifically for the event. Those proceeds along with the money raised from online auctions and fundraising via Bidding for Good, IfOnly and Crowdrise, will go to Seether’s festival partners, SAVE.org (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). SAVE is one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention in order to SAVE lives. www.save.org
The 2015 Rise Above Fest teamed up with the Maine Military & Community Network (www.mainemcm.org) to offer free tickets to New England Veterans. With an incredible response, over 500 veterans attended the show not only from Maine, but surrounding states including New York and Massachusetts. The goal was to help the network connect with as many veterans as possible to inform them of the resources and support available to them locally. Previously having trouble connecting with the 18-24 year old demographic, the Maine MCN reports that 70% of those registered to attend Rise Above Fest were from the younger demo.
For Shaun Morgan, the message of Rise Above Fest is the most important part, “Of course, creating an awesome festival experience for the fans and having great line ups year after year is rewarding for us as a band, but at the end of the day, the conversations it opens up with people globally is really what it’s about. Reducing the embarrassment and stigma associated with depression and feelings of suicide is the goal and the more people talk about it, the more they will realize they are not alone. There are people out there who can help, no matter what your situation is and if the festival can make even one person aware of that, then it’s all worth it.”
Check out a review and photos here: http://loudwire.com/seether-slash-godsmack-papa-roach-2015-rise-above-festival/
VENUE WEBSITE: http://waterfrontconcerts.com/
SAVE WEBSITE: www.save.org