Rockford Battle raises awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- In an effort to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, local organizations teamed up to host the Rockford Battle.

More than 1,500 people filled the Rockford Rivets Stadium to watch break dancing, barber, and beauty battles. Tricoci University of Beauty Culture hosted this event along with other local organizations to get people out and about to check out the food and clothing vendors. The field was filled with cars and bikes for a show and a motorcycle stunt show was held in the parking lot.

"We teamed up to benefit the Greg Lindmark Foundation to go towards helping to stop PTSD so a portion of all of our proceeds today is going to go to the Greg Lindmark Foundation. So all these people are here, they are enjoying an awesome time we put together. We spent months putting this together," said Shane Seaman, the Owner and Creative Director of Stay Ill Clothing.

Last year was the first year for this event which raised over $2,000 for domestic violence organizations. Event organizers expect to raise even more this year.