Ride to Stop Suicide 2018. And unexpected news

Anne Moss, Leslie, Casey, all Beacon Tree board members

Last year a motorcycle group called Pipehitters Union Motorcycle Club-Regulators Chapter found Beacon Tree online and asked if we were interested in a fundraiser? They liked that we supported the cause of youth suicide prevention and wanted to support someone local. What nonprofit doesn’t like when someone does a fundraiser? Especially when they do all the work. And I mean they do the work–Sponsors, prizes, food, planning etc. Best guys to work with hands down and it was a match made in heaven. I instantly took to them. Their significant others, too. Last year, the first year, they raised over $8k, and we were thrilled.

I don’t know what the take home is this year but we’ll know in a week or two. Takes time to get all the checks in etc. What was exciting is that both the Powhatan Moose Lodge and Licking Hole Creek Brewery are donating a percentage of their proceeds from sales. That was an unexpected perk.

And here is the big surprise. Licking Hole Creek Brewery wants to do a special craft beer just for this cause. They’ll add the Beacon Tree logo and the Motorcycle Club logo. This is is such exciting news.

Eight years I’ve been a mental health advocate. The last three since Charles’ death, an obsessed suicide prevention advocate as well. I want that topic on everyone’s radar. And to get this kind of support is so refreshing and gives me a feeling of such hope. It’s so original, too.

Labels will be designed soon. Stay tuned. And thank you Licking Hole Creek Brewery. The family who owns that business lost one of their own to suicide like I lost my son, Charles, to suicide. I will share with you guys when there is anything to be shared. But I’m pretty excited about this endeavor.

Thank you

Please support businesses that support the cause of mental health and suicide prevention. Be sure to mention it if you are there.

Crossfit Pushin’ Weight – Platinum Sponsor

Capital Ale House

Powhatan Moose Lodge

Licking Hole Creek Brewery

And thanks to our fundraisers and volunteers

PHUMC – Pipe Hitters Union Motorcycle Club

Beacon Tree Volunteers – (I hope one of the photographers got more pics of our volunteers)

PHUMC Volunteers

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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