Come be in the In Crowd at RitzFest ’24, on Saturday, February 2, at the Ritz Theater in Main Street in Downtown Newberry. RitzFest is aiming to raise at least $3,000 for suicide prevention!
According to the CDC’s WISQARS National Data Report from 2019, suicide is the third leading cause of death of 10-24-year-olds in South Carolina. The Jason Flatt Act was signed into SC law by Governor Nikki Haley in 2012. Sponsored by the The Jason Foundation (JFI), training in suicide awareness is provided to public school teachers each year in South Carolina. Headlined by Chris Reed and the Bad Kids, and joined by 9 other performances, all donating their time, the event is giving all proceeds to JFI.
RitzFest Eve – Friday, 2 February 2024 – a theater night (7:00 PM – 11:00 PM)
We will have five different theater performances:
- John M. Starino – poet
- Letters from Anne and Martin (link is to a previous showing)
- TBD one-act comedy
- TBD one-act drama on suicide prevention
- Skits and Giggles – an improv troupe that is a spinoff of the Newberry Community Players
RitzFest – Saturday, 3 February 2024 – a benefit concert (Noon – 7:00 PM [?])
We will again feature local celebrity emcees like our Mayor, Sheriff, and Fire Chiefs, giving brief public service announcements on suicide prevention and awareness before introducing each act.
While the exact lineup is yet to be determined and timed, the following acts have committed thus far:
- Chris Reed and the Bad Kids
- Say Brother
- Two Night Wonders
- No Expectations
- Martina Williams
- Gabriel Flores
- THE Dubber
- Five on Fire