You Are Not Alone:
A Night of Music & Hope
Our daughter Makenna was 13 years old and an 8th grader at the Gates Chili Middle School. On January 10, 2017 she died by suicide from her attempt two days after Christmas. We are just devastated by her loss. She was a shining star in our lives and still is.
Each day in the United States, there are an average of over 5400 attempts by young people grades 9-12. In Monroe County alone, 7 % of high school students attempted suicide this past year. Almost 16 % of students seriously considered an attempt according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The survey also found that 21% of students hurt themselves on purpose. 80 % who try once, try again.
I didn’t realize these numbers were so high until it was too late for my family and I.
To keep her memory and message alive we are doing a Benefit Concert at Homestead for Hope at 2185 Manitou Road. The event will take place on Friday September 22, 2023. It is called YOU ARE NOT ALONE… Speak Up and Reach Out: A Day of Music and Hope. This is our 6th year of bringing awareness to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Kenna’s memory.
The funds raised this year will go towards the following:
1. The Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at the Golisano Children's Hospital
2. NAMI Rochester ( National Alliance on Mental Health)
3. AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Western New York
And raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
The gates will open at 4:30 PM. The day will feature, Music Beer/Wine/Food and raffles will be available. We will be inside and out so please bring your lawn chairs.
Events like this don’t take place without the generosity of others. We are hoping that you would like to be a sponsor for this worthwhile event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you so much for considering sponsoring this wonderful event.
Patrick J. Dadey
Sponsor 'A Night of Music & Hope'
Honor the memory of a brave young woman by raising awareness surrounding mental illness and suicide prevention.
All it takes to save a life is to speak up and reach out.