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Jan 19, 2014 10:04 PM by Sam Salzwedel

January 8th non-profit holds another Tucson concert

TUCSON - A non-profit that started after the January 8, 2011 mass shooting held another fundraising concert, headlined by Calexico, Sunday.

Ron Barber started the Civility Fund idea while he was in the hospital, wounded from the shooting.

"My family and I were together and we said, ‘We've got to do something to capture all this good will and give back to the community,'" Barber said. "So we started the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding."

The fund's main goals are to raise awareness about mental health and bullying.

Jennie Grabel has replaced Barber as the Executive Director.

"We're still a baby," Grabel said. "It's only been 3 years, and we're just getting our footing. And we really hope to continue making a difference in the community."

The group will start a new program called Mental Health Safe Space and continue anti-bullying projects.

"We are going to create a sustainability and a development plan," Grabel said. "So 2014 is a huge year for us as far as setting goals, working to reach them. This concert is kind of the kickoff of those fundraising events."

Joey Burns of Calexico has played 3 Civility Fund concerts.

"Coming to the Hotel Congress and playing outside for the Fund for Civility is way better than any late night show," Burns said. "Just being here in Tucson is fantastic."

Barber is no longer on the fund's board of directors.

"As a member of congress, I really have to step out," Barber said. "My family is involved, but I have to keep some distance because the ethics of the House require that."

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