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‘Everyone Matters Day’ set for next Tuesday

Yukon residents have the chance to come together to support uniqueness and acceptance during a global event.
Knock Out Bullying, Inc. will be hosting its third annual Everyone Matters Day from 5-7 p.m. next Tuesday in the parking lot of the Miller Grill, 326 Elm Ave.
Everyone Matters Day is a global effort to celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of each person and accepting oneself and others as they are without any judgment or ridicule.
Knock Out Bullying (KOB) originally got involved with Everyone Matters Day because someone sent Stacy Hatcher, founder and president of KOB, a link about it and it went perfectly with what KOB is trying to do.
“It means that the community can come together without judgement or ridicule. It’s important so that our kids grow up learning how not to judge people and accepting them for who they are, and accepting themselves. It’s okay to be unique and be who you are, and you should be proud of who you are,” Hatcher said.
KOB’s Everyone Matters Day gets bigger each year. This year’s event will include Face Painting by Cheeky Smiles, games and prizes to participate in with booths set up by local businesses and organizations, snow cones for purchase from Kona Ice, Blue Skies Photography on hand taking photos and more. It will also feature an “I Am” booth where people can make their “I Am” sign and celebrate and be proud of who they are. The Miller Grill will also be open for dining during the event.
Several guests will also be participating in the day including:
—Kirk Smalley with Stand For The Silent. Smalley is a nationally known speaker who began speaking publicly against bullying after his son committed suicide in 2010. Smalley will be doing a meet and great at the event.
—Singer Leshia,
—Author Sarah Cunningham will be there selling her book, “How We Sleep at Night,” which is about a Christian mother who comes to terms with her son being gay through a personal journey.
—Miche’la Creel of the local band Saint Monroe will be running the “I Am” booth,
—DJ SAAD of KJ 103 will be there playing music,
—Yukon’s semi-pro football team the Yukon Bobcats,
—John Andrade, formerly known as “The Cutty” on Street Outlaws,
—Jeff George of Fox 25, and
—Special guest Mayor John Alberts.
“We actually get the whole community involved and just have a party,” Hatcher said. “This year’s main focus is just to bring everyone out and let them know we’re here.”
This year’s theme is Hollywood, where every individual who comes can join KOB on the red carpet and celebrate exactly who they are.
Everyone Matters Day is free to attend and open to all ages.

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