The Power of Peace Family Fest set for Aug. 11

A free concert will be held at Hartford’s Bushnell Park Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 7 p.m.  The Power of Peace Family Fest, is being organized by Denise Labrecque, former Shelton resident and founder of Voices for Heroes, an organization that she created in response to the tragedy which took place in Sandy Hook in 2012, but has also provided comfort and financial support via music to those affected by the Boston bombings and others in need of healing.

Also during the event, there will be a Shelton High School All Class Reunion at 12 p.m. For more information, find reunion information on the Facebook page.

“After losing my grandniece, Juliana, to complications associated with Cerebral Palsy in 2008, I was really overcome with sadness,” said Labrecque. “Then, Dec. 14, 2012 — Sandy Hook/Newtown — I thought of Juliana that day, as I do everyday, only now, I thought, I know they are okay. I know Juliana, in her walking, talking, chasing butterfly glory has met them all there and is showing them around. I discovered that the loss of Juliana was just too much for me.  I was too close and not ready to deal with the situation head on. But now, I was ready. I threw myself into a mode of 'I can’t sit here, I have to do something to help.'”

At the event

Kristen Cusato, a former WTNH/Ch. 8 News personality and current southwest regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut is emceeing the event.

Guests include peace activists Melinda and Carlos Arredondo.  Mr. Arredondo, also known as “the hero in the cowboy hat,” gained national recognition when he sprang into action to help save lives at the Boston Marathon.

There will be a live butterfly release in memory of Juliana Leigh Klein, the victims of Sandy Hook, and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

More than 17 Voices for Heroes musicians  will take the stage to entertain attendees of all ages.  Around 2 p.m. the “Rock of Angels” memorial, 3,600 pounds of granite, which was created in Maine as a gift for Newtown, will be unveiled.

Things to do

Many  activities for children include The Tortoise Train, making cards for the troops, art, dancing, hula-hoops, 25 ft. parachute games, magic and much more.

There is a suggested donation of any hygiene product — socks, lip balm, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, etc. — and these items will be donated to homeless veterans in the greater Hartford area.