IN ASSOCIATION WITH SMASH WRESTLING IN SUPPORT OF P.A.R.N
December 10, 2017 – SMASH!STIGMA!
Receiving the news of an HIV+ diagnosis can be extremely difficult and very scary, and often causes a persons’ world to change drastically if there is no support or understanding in their immediate environment. Additionally, the stigma of others’ opinions, judgements, ignorance and lack of truthful information turns this internal disease into an external struggle. Without the support of others and organizations in the community, people often end up suffering further as they lose the things the things closest to them; their friends, family members, their jobs, their faith, and sadly sometimes even hope as the suicide rate amongst LGBTQ youth is commonly linked with an HIV+ Diagnosis.
Wrestling with Stigma is a dynamic non-for-profit event that is designed to bring greater awareness and knowledge to the HIV/AIDS crisis so that stigma is no longer something that holds the power to ruin families, jobs, relationships and even lives.
Wrestling With Stigma was created to end painful stigma and raise money to help the local charities that are providing an incredibly important service to those who are experiencing the unfortunate impact from their Diagnosis.
The proceeds raised will go to help local LGBTQ youth and their families and friends in the community affected by HIV, stigma and loss due to an HIV+ Diagnosis. This includes such important services as providing critical, accessible and up-to-date information on HIV, medical, medicinal, spiritual and natural treatment resources, sexual health, HIV & STD prevention and education. This is accomplished through the caring supportive workers who truly make a difference in the lives of those in the community. There are counselors, youth programs, community events and specific emergency funding to help those who have suffered physically, emotionally or financially and have to rebuild their life in one or many ways.
Wrestling With Stigma is a delicious synergy of education and entertainment with the LGBTQ community and with the power of our professional wrestling partner SMASH! Wrestling–the top independent wrestling promoter in the country airing weekly on the Fight Network.
SMASH!STIGMA! will feature top local, Canadian wrestling personalities such as Petey Williams- The Innovator of “the Canadian Destroyer”, 2x TNA X-Division Champion, Impact Wrestling & Ring Of Honor Star, Smash Wrestling Champion Tyson Dux, live performances by Charlie Petch & Barbie Jo Bontemps, some comedy and laughter, and great local talents. The event will expand awareness, dispel myths and untruths, make light and offer education and amazing top-quality entertainment. Thus creating a new realm of possibility for those living with HIV in the LGBTQ and every community.
All profits & proceeds from this event will support and benefit P.A.R.N. -The Peterborough AIDS Resource Network and their amazing work.
THE WOLF 101.5 IS A PROUD SPONSOR!
SMASH!STIGMA! Featuring PETEY WILLIAMS & The Superstars of Smash Wrestling, Charlie Cathy Petch, Barbie Jo Bentemps, & more to come!
Charlie C Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host, wrestling fan and musical saw player. They were the Poet of Honour for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word this year in Peterborough. Hometown proud Petch has hosted many a PARN cabaret event and raised the roof off of even more stages. Petch’s new full-length spoken word vaudeville play “Mel Malarkey” has toured all over Canada. They have been widely published and have had 9 of their plays produced professionally.Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams, was the coach of the 2015 team and is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam”. Petch, like most wrestlers, is happiest onstage. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com. Oh yeahhhh…DIG IT!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT TICKETSCENCE.CA
TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT CHUMLEIGHS & RETRO’S eSPORTS BAR & KITCHEN IN PETERBOROUGH.
$15 GENERAL ADMISSION
$30 VIP (Reserved Seating, Meet & Greet, Photo Op)
$50 FAMILY 4-PACK
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