PLATTSBURGH - In 2006, a senior at Plattsburgh High School and Sexual Assault Service of Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood teamed up to create an evening of music for a good cause. Four years later, the tradition continues.
David Rosoff was a senior at PHS in 2006, and as a member of the National Honor Society, it was his duty to work on a service project.
"Every senior in National Honor Society is required to do a service project," Rosoff explained. "I teamed up with [NAPP]."
Rosoff's mother, Cassandra, has worked for Planned Parenthood for more than 30 years, so Rosoff understood the need for rape awareness.
"I think that obviously rape awareness is extremely important. It's always going to be important," he said.
According to Lori Campbell-Perry, Sexual Assault Services coordinator, the focus of the event is to "raise awareness about violence, specifically sexual violence."
The way this is done is local bands will perform at Olive Ridley's next Sunday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a $5 donation towards SAS of NAPP to help those in need.
"Supporting this event sends a message to survivors in our community that we are here and we care," Campbell-Perry explained.
"I think this is an amazing cause," added Shana Darrah, an SAS intern. "Sexual assault is a horrible crime that often goes without notice. I think people need to start speaking out against it."
During the event, local bands "ElephantBear," "Natalie Ward Band," "Lucid," and "Shameless Strangers," will perform. Added to the list is "Flip the Bus," headed by Rosoff.
Rosoff played the first year with some of his fellow high school friends. This year he'll take the stage with his current band, which was formed at Union College in Schenectady.
"It's good that we can combine [music and awareness] together just to create something that people want to come to and enjoy," Rosoff said, "and also learn a lot about the issues, politics and ethics, which is all important."
"I hope people get the message that sexual assault is not something that should be swept under the rug," Darrah said. "It is something that needs to be talked about and fought against. Hopefully victims realize that there is a support system and people willing to help in SAS and throughout the community."
During the event, from 6-10 p.m. will be open to all, but will be strictly 21 and older after 10 p.m.
For more information, contact NAPP at 825-6277.