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Tina Penn has been involved in the mental health community for years.

"If you're in the mental health community long enough, you've come to realize that a very, very large majority of people with mental health problems, have them because of violence issues," she said.

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Her passion for violence prevention led her to plan an event that's aimed to bring people together for a good cause.

Penn, who grew up near Pine Point and now works from home out of Moorhead for Witness -- an international human rights advocacy organization -- is the lead organizer of the first Pine Point Music Festival.

The fundraiser event will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Powwow Grounds in Pine Point.

A number of bands and artists will be featured at the festival, each representing an area nonprofit organization.

Penn and her father, Bernard Crotts, whom she said the event wouldn't be possible without, figured that if they thought hard enough, they could come up with a way to bring people together and raise money for a good cause.

"I felt that music is the most non-threatening way to do that," Penn said.

The bands scheduled to perform include Pat Moran and the Jackson Family, the Hanks Family Band, County 20, Eddie Kidd, SkyBlues Band, the Stewert Vill Band -- also known as the Merhar Family -- Hatfield Bay Band, Raven Darkcloud and George Goggleye.

All of those local and regional artists will represent the following nonprofit organizations: the Christian Fellowship Church youth group from Detroit Lakes, Pine Point Community Council, Witness, Disabled American Veterans, Mahube Community Council of Park Rapids, The Refuge of Detroit Lakes, Kinship of Hubbard County, Homeless Coalition of Fargo-Moorhead, the Iron Range Area Council and the DOVE Foundation of White Earth.

"I wanted to stay kind of in the smaller communities because I figured they can benefit a lot more from the revenue coming in," Penn said.

The event will also feature vendors who will give out information on violence prevention.

Penn has done research on violence prevention and plans to speak a little about her findings. But she doesn't want to feel like she's lecturing people at a music event.

"I really felt like it was really important to speak out in some way because I felt like nobody was listening to what I was saying" in the past, Penn said. "That's why the festival is promoting nonviolence."

Admission to the event is by free will donations. For more information, call 218-227-5692 or visit www.myspace.com/tinapennballi.

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