Ben's Bells to host 2015 Kindness Conference

Ben's Bells to host 2015 Kindness Conference

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Ben's Bells, a local nonprofit organizations, will be hosting a conference this weekend on kindness.

The 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together, will begin on Friday evening with a key note talk from the father of a young girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, CT.

Dr. Jeremy Richman will be speaking about the science of violence and compassion.

Richman and his wife created the Avielle Foundation following the shooting to educate and bring awareness to mental illness.

They want reach out to people who may be afraid to advocate for their loved ones in times of need.

"We've evolved living in groups and communicating with one another," Richman said. "There's evidence that if we develop the ability to be more empathetic and compassionate, we'll be healthier, wealthier and happier."

The event will take place on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour at the Banner-University Medical Center DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., and the program will start at 7 p.m.

The event is not a fundraiser, but a $10 donation is requested at the door. Registration is not required.

There is also a session available on Saturday, Aug. 22. Registration is full for that session, but those interested can still arrive between 8 and 9 a.m. to see if any spots might be available.

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