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Artists are sought for suicide awareness event

Local poets, spoken word lovers, musicians and artists are invited to participate in a Poetry Slam event to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Simply Destinee Dance Studio, 131 W. Illinois Ave, in Aurora.

Simply Destinee is a nonprofit youth organization and dance studio that was founded after the death of Waubonsee Community College student Destinee A. Oliva.

The organization seeks to shed light on suicide prevention throughout the month of September by presenting a number of activities and events.

Other organizations such as the Aurora Public Library, Sugar Grove Public Library and Kane County Sheriff’s Office are participating to provide resources and support for this valuable cause.

A similar event held in 2017 featured the work of local authors writing about the topic of depression, struggles with mental illness and ultimately hope.

Authors and artists may sign up to participate by calling Adriana Froncois at 773-383-9972 or emailing francoisadriana2010@gmail.com.

Learn more about the organization and see a list of September events by visiting the website www.simplydestinee.com.

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