At this year’s Summer Outing, my partners and I cooled off as we got dunked by eager team members lined up with their $1s for a shot at striking the target. Our good-natured, yet slightly sinister Dunk Tank was a fun way to provide entertainment for our team, while making a difference at the same time by raising money for a not-for-profit organization in need.
Proceeds Donated to Help SAVE Young Adult Lives
Money raised by our participants will contribute to the mission to help prevent suicide among high-school and college age student populations. I was dunked the most, so I had the honor of deciding who the beneficiary of the funds would be. I chose to donate the impressive $526 to the Jordan Porco Foundation, a family foundation very near and dear to my heart. Some of you may know that in 2011, my family lost someone we loved very much to suicide, my cousin Jordan. Unfortunately, suicide and mental health carries a stigma, which often deters individuals from seeking help. At the time, Jordan’s family and friends didn’t see any signs that he was suffering. We now know, we were not aware of the signs that someone needs help. These include: isolation or no longer hanging out, trouble in school, risk-taking, eating or sleeping issues, and more.