Youth Hope Fest – Battle Against Teen Suicide

In response to the tragic teen suicides in Lake Orion, Oakland Christian Church (OCC) will host Youth Hope Fest September 9, 2012; doors open at 4:30 p.m.

“We are on the front lines with these local students who are going back to school after last year’s tragedies,” says OCC’s Pastor Dominic Russo. “We want the teens to know they have us in their corner, that we are here to support them and walk with them through these times. They have done a stellar job getting to this side of the tragedy and we continue to provide them with hope in their futures.”

Pastor Russo and his staff have been very outspoken in recent months about these tragedies. “We are fighting back against the suicide epidemic hitting these teens,” says Pastor Russo. OCC’s Youth Hope Fest concludes the Battle of the Bands events that OCC has been hosting over the summer. Judges from the music industry will vote to determine the winning bands based on performance, songwriting, audience reaction and overall energy. The winner of this finale event will receive a free recording and music video shoot sponsored by local Emmy-award winning marketing firm DBA Worldwide.  At the Battle of the Bands, OCC will be giving away free food, beverages and prizes. There is a $5 entrance fee to partially cover the costs of the event, with OCC donating the rest of expenses.

Event details:

September 9th, 2012

Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.

Battle of the Bands: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Oakland Christian Church, 5100 North Adams Road, Rochester, MI 48306

$5 Admission

Additional activities available at the event: All Access Youth is having an Art & Music Festival, hosting an open skate park, BMX & skate stunts, and lots of giveaways. Plus, we’re hosting special guests: Pop Star Katy Perry’s parents!

For media tickets, please contact Josephine Dries at 734.385.6170 or

About Oakland Christian Church – Oakland Christian Church was founded in May 1997 and is planted at 5100 North Adams Road in Oakland Townshipwp, MI. OCC is about Reaching, Connecting, Growing and Serving. OCC exists to bring God’s love and power to their community, Metro Detroit, and the world. They do this through Cross Generational Ministries – All Access Youth (ages 11-17), The Gathering (ages 18-25), Kingdom Kids (ages 5-10) and Missions – taking hundreds of youth, young adults and adults around the world sharing the love of God. They also have specific Men’s & Women’s ministries. OCC believes in the Power of Authentic Music, live bands giving Praise to the Living God.

About DBA Worldwide – DBA Worldwide’s collective of creative inventors and storytellers will change the world for our clients and for good. We architect and implement full service and branding campaigns that engage culture and inspire communities to action for the greatest positive impact on society.

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