Sarah Ferguson to Speak at The Ophelia Project 10th Anniversary Dinner

Erie, PA, June 18, 2007 --( Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, will be the keynote speaker at The Ophelia Project's 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 18. This highly-anticipated event unites one of the world's leading child advocates, herself once a target of public bullying, with an organization that has spent a decade creating safe social climates for youth and adults across North America.

"It is our hope that the Duchess's personal story and her work on behalf of the world's children will inspire others to be agents of change within themselves and within their communities," said Mary Baird, president and CEO of The Ophelia Project.

The Duchess of York is a well-known survivor of the harshest form of relational aggression and bullying at the hands of the world-wide media. She speaks about overcoming adversity and building an "authentic" life for herself and her two daughters, who are heirs to the British throne. The Duchess has a long-standing commitment to children's charities and projects for establishing safe villages for mothers and children around the globe.

The event, titled "The Authentic Life," will be held at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, 7794 Peach Street, in Erie, Pa. A cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. and the Duchess's address at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $125 and will go on sale in August.

A relational aggression seminar follows the dinner event on Friday, Oct.19, also at the Ambassador. Titled "It Has a Name: Relational Aggression," the one-day event features educational workshops on relational aggression, cyberbullying, accountability, child and adolescent development and much more.

The Ophelia Project® is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Erie, Pa. Recognized as a leader in assessing social conditions and advocating healthy, safe relationships, the organization partners with educational, civic and community leaders to educate and empower kids and adults across North America. Visit or call 888-256-KIDS (5437) to learn more.

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Daniel J. Stasiewski