A new month brought together longtime friends and new supporters to celebrate life in New Jersey. Held in October for the first time, the third A Celebration of Life: New Jersey raised funds for mental health education and suicide prevention training programs for underserved schools and communities throughout the Garden State.
Hosted at the Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, the community showed up and showed out to honor lives of those who were lost to suicide and support the mental health education programs of Minding Your Mind. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by planning committee member Kate Lancaster, honoring Justin Leddy with the Champion of Hope Award. Justin is a member of the Spring Lake community and created The Christmas Classic paddle tournament. Celebrating its 5th year, this annual event has raised thousands of dollars for Minding Your Mind. Justin’s moving words about the strength of the Spring Lake community and what these relationships have meant to him throughout his life exemplified the spirit of A Celebration of Life and all it represents.
A Celebration of Life began in 2011 to honor the memory of Kyle Craig, a 21-year-old Spring Lake, NJ, native and student at Vanderbilt University who took his life in May of 2010. Read more about Kyle and the event’s origin story here.
Take a whirlwind trip through the evening with us in the video below!
“We are grateful to everyone who joined us at this event, honoring the memory of Kyle Craig and so many others we love,” shares Trish Larsen, Minding Your Mind executive director. “The funds raised at this event will ensure that we never have to say ‘no’ to a school and are able to continue reaching as many students and supporting adults as we possibly can. Thank you to everyone who was involved and attended.”
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