Free Event: 3rd Annual Tolerance Fair

Free Event: 3rd Annual Tolerance Fair

(WOIO) - Honor Good Deeds, a nonprofit spreading the message of tolerance and acceptance through education and programing presents the 3rd Annual Tolerance Fair at the Cleveland Convention Center, March 9 from 1-5 p.m.

The free event brings hundreds of organizations together offering resources to deal with challenges such as bullying, aging parents, medical conditions, military assistance, animal rescue, diversity and more. With activities for all ages, the Tolerance Fair provides a safe environment to explore resources coupled with inspirational speakers and entertainers.

Keynote speakers include Darrell Scott from Rachel's Challenge.  Darrell's daughter Rachel was the first victim in the senseless tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999.  Also presenting is Ted Ginn Sr. from Ginn Academy, the only all-male public high school in Ohio, on the impact of mentoring and leadership with today's youth. Additionally, Ricky Smith, comedian, Cartoon Network writer and founder of R.A.K.E Now (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) will close the day with stories from his kindness tours.

The free fair also features interactive activities including wheel chair games and dance, an open mic, music of Christopher Milo and Club Rock, drum circles, multicultural dance, inflatables, face painting.

About Honor Good Deeds and Justin Bachman

Honor Good Deeds was formed by the Bachman Family: Ron, Lisa, Stefanye, Konnor & Justin. The original goal was to recognize all of the great things people do every day. Although we still wish to provide that recognition and encourage involvement in community, our goals have evolved as a result of our own journey of dealing with intolerance.

Justin's Journey: Justin Bachman was disqualified from a school invitational cross country meet in 2010 because officials perceived he had a behavioral problem. Often, when Justin was out in public, his behavior caused people to stare.  What these people didn't know was that Justin has Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements, and vocalizations called tics.

Aware of the intolerance that surrounded him, Justin knew he couldn't be alone in feeling this way. He believed there were others like him, different, who must be facing the same kind of prejudice he was. And so Justin wanted to make change happen.  It was then that the Tolerance Fair was born.

Armed with the knowledge that education can overcome ignorance, Justin designed The Tolerance Fair so that all individuals can celebrate the differences that make people unique. From the very first event in 2001, the fair has helped thousands share stories of kindness, tolerance and acceptance, while connecting people to resources they didn't even know existed.

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