Fundraiser will benefit anti-bullying effort

Wilson 360 helps area youth

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Wilson 360, a community anti-bullying foundation, is holding a fundraiser this Friday evening from 7 to 9 at Frank L. Eagles Community Business Center of Wilson Community College.

The musical group Making A Difference will be in concert at the event, and the speaker for the evening will be Robert A. Evans, district attorney for the 7th Prosecutorial District and chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission. Parker’s Barbecue will cater the meal.

Robert Smith, Wilson 360’s executive director, hopes to raise enough money for the non-profit organization to give community children an activity to look forward to each month.

The Wilson 360 website describes its program as a community-based effort designed to provide moral and individual support for youth who find themselves targets of aggression. The group’s purpose is to focus on children who are bullied and who bully in order to enable them to learn lifelong skills and gain self-esteem.

Smith said his goal for Wilson 360 is to be a support net for sixth- through eighth-grade students.

A retired criminologist, Smith realized a need to assist families and schools with a program that would support local kids.

His local church and community supported him growing up, and according to Smith, his church, his faith in God and his mother kept him grounded.

“I’m trying to pass the torch that others gave me,” Smith said.

He remembers that all of his life he heard, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and that has spurred him to give local children positive reinforcement as well as aiding the elderly.

He is dedicating the upcoming program to the BB&T Lighthouse Project because of the effort’s help to so many people in the community, including organizations such as Wilson 360.

Tickets to the event are $40 and will not be sold at the door. All funds received will benefit Wilson 360 youth and elderly.

More information about the foundation and ways to donate may be found online at www.wilson360.com or by calling Robert Smith at 252-205-1990.