Top Chefs and Performers Announced for Parkland's Inaugural 'Actions for Change Food and Music Festival' on Sept. 30

The Festival Includes the Debut of MSD Student Activists' New Album "Wake Up America"


Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and parents have teamed up with some of the nation’s top chefs and musical performers to present the inaugural “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival,” to benefit Shine MSD and Change The Ref, two organizations formed in response to the horrific events that unfolded on Feb. 14.

Alyssa Milano will kick off the event on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. The event will feature the debut of a new album, “Wake Up America” written by MSD students in collaboration with the equality-driven brand, The Female Quotient, and Peter Yarrow, from the world-renowned music group Peter, Paul and Mary, to raise awareness about gun safety.

The festival will close with a cast performance of “Shine,” the song chosen by Concerts Across America to End Gun Violence as the one song for peace, performed across the county at each of their events.

Goals of the event are four-fold:

1.     Provide healing by bringing love, light and hope through the arts

2.     Register people to vote

3.     Raise national awareness about gun violence

4.     Raise funds for organizations committed to helping all of our nation’s youth


More than 30 highly acclaimed chefs from across the globe will participate, many of whom are James Beard Award winners and/or Michelin Star rated. Participants include:

-       Suzanne Goin, Los Angeles

-       Marc Vetri, Philadelphia

-       Kimberly Lallouz, Montreal

-       Victor Planas, Barcelona

-       Art Smith, Chicago

-       Gabriela Camara, Mexico City/San Francisco

-       Michael Kornick, Chicago

-       Bradley Kilgore, Miami

-       Jeremy & Cindy Bearman, Palm Beach

Live music will take place throughout the evening, including:

-       Michael Franti & Spearhead

-       Nahko

-       Carrie Manolakos

-       Friends of Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary

-       Skip Marley


Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver, will paint a “Wall of Demand” live and there will be an online silent auction with art and other tempting items available for bids/purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $45 (18 and under); $150 (Adult Donor Admission); and $295 (Super-Donor). For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, please call 888-488-1116. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

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