A giant heartfelt “thank you!” to everyone who attended our 2017 Benefit Concert at the Pageant on Aug. 26 and our Trivia Night, which was held on Sept. 8 at the Kirkwood Community Center. It’s because of those who attended, and those who help with sponsorships and donated items for the silent auction, that AAF is able to continue its important work.
Please check back here or visit our Facebook page for information about future events and information about how you can get involved with AAF.
Thanks to those who turned out for our 3rd Annual Run for the Angels 5K on Nov. 6th. Congratulations to our top three winners in each age group and much gratitude for the volunteers who helped make it another successful event for AAF. As always, 100% of the money we raised will go toward our continued efforts to stop teen suicide and raise awareness/stop the stigma of mental health disorders.
We had a great turn out for our 2nd Annual Trivia Night (Sept. 30)! Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Congrats to the winners and much gratitude to those who donated items for the silent auction, to our volunteers who helped with set-up/tear-down (and everything in between!), to the board members who went above and beyond to make this a successful event, and to our emcee and A/V specialist.
All of the money raised will go toward continued efforts to STOP teen suicide, STOP the stigma of mental health disorders, and RAISE AWARENESS of the epidemic of youth suicide.
We’ve secured a date for our 3rd Annual Run for the Angels! This year’s event will be held on Nov. 6 at LaSalle Middle School. Find details and registration information here.
Great news from Senator Jill Schupp’s June 2, 2016 Capitol Report:
Suicide Prevention & Awareness Receives Governor’s Signature!
As I write this, we just received word that HB 1583, which includes our K-12 suicide prevention and awareness language, will be signed into law tomorrow. Our language was written into an anti-bullying bill sponsored by Rep. Allen.
This past May had marked two years since Avery Cantor, the inspiration for this legislation, had completed suicide. Rick Cantor, Avery’s Dad, approached me shortly thereafter with the goal of training our school personnel about the signs and symptoms of young people in distress who might be contemplating suicide. With overwhelming support across the aisle in both legislative chambers, it looks as if our work will result in professional development training that can save lives. We are thankful.
SB 646, Sen. Schupp’s youth suicide prevention legislation, was passed unanimously out of the House Select Committee without amendment. Next stop: the House floor for debate by the full chamber!
From the office of MO Senator Jill Schupp: Youth Suicide Prevention Update
“SB 646, our suicide prevention and awareness bill for Missouri school districts, passed through the Senate Education committee with “consent” status. This means it will be considered on the Senate floor free of amendments. Should it pass in the Senate, SB 646 will move to the House, where it will go through the entire process again. We are looking forward to passage of this bill, or one of the others, new this year, that addresses K-12 educator training on the signs and symptoms of suicide. This is a problem that deserves our urgent attention. We will keep you posted.”
AAF board members are headed to Jefferson City on Wednesday to support SB646, which would require the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education.
Our Second Annual Trivia Night has been scheduled for Sept. 30 at Kirkwood Community Center, Kirkwood MO 62122. Get the details here.
Join our first-ever Trivia Night on Oct. 3.
The 2nd Annual Run for the Angels will take place Nov. 7!
A huge thanks to everyone who helped, participated, and turned out for the AAF benefit concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 23. A full update will follow soon!
A big thanks to NFL Players Association Former Players, STL Chapter members who helped raise money for AAF during the 5.20.15 BBQ fundraiser on Wednesday!
AAF will be holding a BBQ fundraiser on 5/20 and 5/22. Visit us at Mobile on the Run 16509 Manchester Road 63040 on 5/20 and at Mobile on the Run 13553 Riverport Dr, Maryland Heights 63043, on 5/22.
AAF has chosen its first Scholarship Recipient: Jack Rogan of Ellisville, Mo. Jack, a senior at Lafayette High School, is heading to the University of South Carolina in the fall.
Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, filed legislation this week to address and help prevent suicide deaths in children and teenagers in Missouri. Senate Bill 328 would require school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention by July 1, 2017. This legislation would also allow educators to participate in training on youth suicide awareness and prevention as part of professional development hours required for certification by the State Board of Education.
“This legislation was inspired by a constituent who set up a foundation to work on the issue after his daughter tragically took her own life last year,” said Sen. Schupp. “I have been working with the AAF on this proposal to promote prevention training and education for Missouri’s educators. Many times teachers can be one of the strongest influences in a child’s life, and one of the first to recognize children at possible risk for suicide. Educators need to be trained to recognize the signs early on, and know how to work with children and their families to prevent a heartbreaking loss of life.”
Missouri Senator Jill Schupp and the AAF Board are currently drafting a Bill regarding suicide awareness and prevention education for Missouri public schools. Once the final draft is completed we will post the draft that will go to lawmakers for the state of Missouri. This is a great step toward our goal of saving lives.
Coverage of the AAF 5K in this month’s Wildwood Current News Magazine: http://bit.ly/1vl2Oao . Thanks again to all who participated!
Thanks to all who joined us this morning for our first annual AAF Run for the Angels. In addition to more than 60 walk/run participants (plus 4 dogs!), nearly a dozen volunteers along with AAF Board Members showed up to help with registration, direct course turnarounds, and provide refreshments. We would also like to thank Rockwoods Reservation for allowing us to host our event in the park, Dierbergs for donating water and bagels, Picturesque Graphics/Ronocco for supplying hot coffee and bananas, and photographer Tony Carosella for capturing the event in pictures. Find the race results here. Find the photos here.
We have received approval from the Feds…AAF is now a 501(c) (3)!
5.10.14: A Celebration of brAVERY
On May 10 friends and family of Avery gathered at St. Albans Roe Catholic Parish in Wildwood for a day of fellowship and remembrance. A balloon release, in two of Avery’s favorite colors—lime green and purple—marked the end of the gathering.