GOLF TOURNAMENT

WHEN: OCTOBER 19, 2019

WHERE: HERITAGE ISLES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Mental illnesses occur at similar rates around the world, in every culture and in all socio economic groups. 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24, and the FOURTH leading cause of death for ages 15-64. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and lung disease COMBINED.  These numbers are staggering.

As you may know, our family lost our 17-year old daughter, Hailey Acierno, due to mental illness/suicide on March 28, 2017.  In honor of Hailey, and all of those who suffer with mental illness, we started Hailey’s Voice of Hope, a 501(c)(3) foundation, on May 8, 2017.  While our foundation was not very active in its first year, a promise was made to Hailey to do more in her honor on the one-year mark of losing her on March 28, 2018. 

Since that time, our foundation organized its Inaugural Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction, which took place on October 20, 2018.  We were humbled by the support of so many friends and strangers for a foundation that was in its infancy.  We are proud to report that the golf tournament was sold out, with 140 golfers.  In addition, over 75 dinner-only guests attended, raising a total close to $16,000.

The primary goal of Hailey’s Voice of Hope is to develop educational programs that raise awareness and acceptance of mental illness.  We are proud to have partnered with the Hillsborough County School Board and the Jordan Binion Project (http://www.jordanbinionproject.org) to bring a one-week mental health education class to all Hillsborough County high school students.  Hillsborough County Public Schools is the eighth largest district in the nation.  This class will help students identify signs of mental illness and help locate potential life-saving resources.  Hailey’s Voice of Hope intends to expand this curriculum to be taught to all middle and high school students throughout the State of Florida, and beyond. 

The following links will take you to the current news coverage on the upcoming training in April, 2019.  https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2019/02/19/mental-health-awareness-curriculum-hillsborough-schools or https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/a-tampa-bay-mother-brings-mental-health-curriculum-into-hillsborough-co-schools.

In addition, as indicated on our website, another part of our mission is to support organizations that raise awareness of mental illness and prevent suicide, so our foundation made substantial donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).  Both organizations are A rated by Charity Watch.

Hailey’s Voice of Hope is operated solely by volunteers, and our expenses are nominal.  Right now, our only expenses include website fees, and normal governmental fees to fully comply with local, state and federal laws for a 501(c)(3) foundation.  With virtually no expenses, all donations are used to support Hailey’s Voice of Hope’s mission. 

We are asking for your support for Hailey’s Voice of Hope’s Second Annual Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction being held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club.  On that day, we are hosting a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction.  We are asking local businesses for donations of gift certificates, products and services to ensure the success of our fundraising event.  Would you be willing to donate items for the silent auction? As an alternative, would your business be willing to be a sponsor? If you would like more information about the various levels of corporate sponsorship, please see below.

Chances are that you know someone who has been affected by mental illness and/or suicide. Consider your donation a powerful tribute to them.

THANK YOU!

Lisa Acierno

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