Katy Perry (Photo courtesy Capitol Records)
Headlined by Katy Perry, Norah Jones, and Mavis Staples, The David Lynch Foundation hosts its Silence the Violence benefit concert at The Anthem on Friday, Oct. 11, to benefit 10,000 at-risk youth in the district.
Since 2005, the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization, has helped to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to more than 1 million children and adults around the world. They focus their efforts on underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse. In addition, DLF funds independent research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.
“I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over nine years, and it has changed my life,” said Katy Perry. “It is one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset. I am so proud to give an intimate performance at the Silence the Violence benefit concert at The Anthem on October 11 to raise funds to bring the power of meditation to 10,000 DC-area young people.”
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Proceeds from the evening — which will also showcase the talents of the Celebration Gospel Choir, Jeremy Elliot, and more — will go to bringing the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to vulnerable communities in the District through in-school and after school programs, churches and community centers, recovery programs, and detention centers in partnership with THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus). Previous research has shown that TM reduces stress, heals PTSD, lowers substance abuse, improves academic performance and graduation rates, and reduces arrests for violent crime.
Silence the Violence
w/ Katy Perry, Norah Jones, Mavis Staples, The Celebration Gospel Choir, Jeremy Elliot
Friday, Oct. 11
Doros @ 5:30pm