STARS Selected For Charity Tour of Homes

CTH 2014, Students Taking A Right Stand, (STARS), Nashville, TN

Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) has been tapped as one of the benefiting nonprofits of the 2014 Charity Tour of Homes April 25-May 4. Also a benefiting charity in 2012, STARS Chief Development Officer Erin Daunic said it is an honor to be selected again for the event which donates 100% of its profits to area nonprofits. Over two weekends, six days, with one ticket, visitors can tour 11 homes stretching from the lake of Fairvue Plantation to Thompson’s Station.  Tickets can be … [Read more...]

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 22nd HART GOLF CLASSIC for STARS

22nd Annual HART GOLF CLASSIC FOR STARS Monday, June 9, 2014 Golf Club of Tennessee Kingston Springs, TN ~~~~~~ It’s not just a day of golf.  It’s a young person’s future. This year marks the 22nd year of the Hart Golf Classic.  All proceeds raised by the Hart Golf Classic go directly to the youth served by STARS.  Last year alone we reached 80,000 young people and their families.  From our STARS specialists who work in the school buildings every day, to our trained Kids on the Block … [Read more...]

York & Friends Art Benefit for STARS!

Creason Clayton, York & Friends Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

Friend of STARS, artist and gallery owner Ron York is using his third anniversary gallery celebration as a benefit for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS). York & his talented team of artists are hosting a free party celebrating also his second expansion and the day includes a special offering of the works of renown Nashville artist, the late Creason Clayton Saturday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at his Belle Meade area gallery, 107 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. York … [Read more...]

STARS & Predators Launch Bullying Prevention Campaign

Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed Jan. 20-24, 2014 as Bee A Friend Week in honor of STARS bullying prevention campaign.

With the goal of changing the world one friend at a time, Nashville Predators Player Colin Wilson joined Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) today in launching a proactive bullying prevention effort created by two middle school students called Bee A Friend Campaign. Proclaimed Bee A Friend Week by Governor Bill Haslam, STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, also president of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA), and Wilson shared the campaign plans of middle school students … [Read more...]

Come out on January 18th to support STARS and the beloved Nashville Predators!!

Colin and Mark tshirt 2 ReSized Web

Our good friends at the Nashville Predators have partnered with STARS (as well our friends at BeeAttitudes) to create a Public Service Announcement which will be debuted at the Predators v. Avalanche game on Saturday, January 18th at Bridgestone arena.   To help us celebrate, the Preds have created a link from which to purchase tickets with a percentage of your ticket price coming back to STARS!   Please be there with us as we debut our PSA!!  And, the first 1,000 attendees … [Read more...]

Keb’ Mo’ Opens International Bullying Prevention Assoc. Nashville Meeting

Keb' Mo' joined Vince Gill for a STARS benefit & opens up the IBPA conference on Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Peyton Hoge)

Creating Compassionate Schools and Communities Organizers expect more than 800 school and community agency staff members to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) two-day conference this year, scheduled for November 10-12 at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown. Participants work with pre-school through university students and all have the same mission to stop bullying. Rodger Dinwiddie, CEO of STARS Nashville and President of IBPA, has announced that the 8:00 am opening … [Read more...]

STARS Supports Vince Gill & Predators Nashville’s Top Philanthropists

STARS supports Vince Gill as Nashville's Philanthropist of the Year, here with Erin Daunic and son, Vince and Ron York, upcoming benefit art chair.

Vince Gill and the Nashville Predators Foundation, key STARS supporters, were celebrated on National Philanthropy Day by the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their profound impact on the work of non-profit organizations. A famous Gill lyric was quoted in the presentation of the award, 2013 Philanthropist of the Year, "no matter what you make, all you can take is what you giveaway." In response, Gill joked he used to be a non-profit. Touched by the honor, … [Read more...]

Texas 91-0 Football Loss Isn’t Bullying

Demoralizing football loss isn't bullying says STARS CEO and International Bullying Prevention Association President Rodger Dinwiddie in this column.  Sports Illustrated Wire reports “a parent of a Texas high school football player whose team ended up on the wrong end of a 91-0 rout has filed a bullying report against the winning team’s head coach, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.”  It’s important opportunity during October’s national Bullying Prevention Month to make sure sad … [Read more...]

Compassionate Schools And Communities Impacts Bullying Prevention

*This column by STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie originally appeared in the Tennessean, September 29, 2013 Bullying Prevention and Intervention efforts will be recognized across the United States this October.  Activities and events will focus on helping young people, their families, schools and even our workplaces address the issue of bullyingemp and harassment. Practitioners, researchers and leaders in the field of education, psychology and social work continue to search for answers to … [Read more...]

Applications DUE FRIDAY, October 18th: Nominations for the Accepting Differences Among Mankind (ADAM) Award

Anneliese Barron, winner of the 2012 ADAM Award, of Best Buddies.  Vince Gill and Alva Duke behind her.

The ADAM Award was created by Alva and Mark Duke to honor the life and spirit of their son, Adam Duke.  Adam was born with Down Syndrome, and although his life did not last long, his memory and impact on the world will forever be felt. In 1981, Alva Duke founded Kids on the Block to both honor Adam’s life and because she wanted to help kids learn to be accepting of each other regardless of their differences.  This award is given annually in memory of Adam Duke to the individual who has … [Read more...]


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