Michael Morones to be released from hospital in coming week

mhankerson@newsobserver.comApril 4, 2014 

A number of Broadway actors are lending their names in support of a fundraising effort on behalf of a foundation set up in response to the attempted suicide of a Zebulon boy.

Michael Morones, 11, has spent the last 10 weeks in hospitals recovering after he attempted suicide in what his parents called a reaction to bullying at school.

At the same time his mother sets up the foundation’s structure, outside groups are helping the organization by raising money.

“Broadway Battles Bullying” is a benefit concert planned by volunteers in New York who heard about Michael’s story, said Michael Tomczak, one of the volunteers whose day job is in public relations at Carnegie Hall.

“A lot of the volunteers that are helping out are part of the LGBT community and most of us can relate to being bullied or growing up in a small town and not being able to express ourselves,” Tomczak said.

The Broadway show has the support of celebrities like pop artist Sara Bareilles who has tweeted about the event and donated items to the silent auction that will happen before the show.

Tomczak said he does not know if any of the celebrities who lent their name to the cause will be at the show.

It will take place April 14 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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