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15th Annual Ganley Foundation Ironman 100

15th Annual Ganley Foundation Ironman 100

Celebrating 15 Years of Saving Lives!

March 18, 2019

Parkland Golf and Country Club

Parkland, FL

It is with deep appreciation that we thank all those who accepted our invitation to help us continue to educate the community and save lives. We are so grateful to those who could join us for the 15th Annual Ironman 100 on March 18th at the beautiful Parkland Golf and Country Club. There are many ways our guests participated. Individuals were able to provide on course participation, sponsorship and/or make a general donation.

On course participation included playing as much golf as you possibly could in one day by playing 100 holes on this gorgeous private course with a constant supply of golf balls, free meals and snacks. Each golfer was asked to collect donations. We are proud that unlike most non-profits 100% of all proceeds for this event go to our direct work.

Our sponsors also share our strong calling to encourage mental health awareness as we know mental illnesses are so pervasive that they leave virtually no family unaffected. It is scary to think that suicide is the second leading cause of death for those ages 10-34 (Center for Disease Control). More youth die from this than from cancer, heart disease, influenza, birth defects, AIDS, stroke, pneumonia, and chronic lung disease combined. The Ganley Foundation continues to do its part to combat these trends.

All proceeds from the Ironman 100 helps fund the following:

  • Student Presentations- Presentations are provided locally and nationally via strong relationships with county private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. Colleges also include the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, Florida Memorial University, and Florida International University.
  • Professional Trainings- “Gatekeeper" workshops are provided for teachers, police officers, and staff members. This allows those professionals working with youth to identify important warning signs and make proper referrals.
  • Philanthropic Efforts- The James R. Ganley School founded in the most violent city in the Americas Juarez, Mexico. Without us these children would not be safely provided an elementary education.
  • Conferences and Symposiums- Partnerships with Baptist Health, ICABA and United Way allow for widespread community education and bullying symposiums across Broward and Miami-Dade County.
  • Media Outreach- We have shared our expertise multiple times on channels including CNN, CNN en Espanol, Fox Sports en Espanol, ESPN, and E!.

In closing, we then shared a celebratory dinner that included some of the following success stories:

“I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know how to even begin or ask. Every day was a struggle. The sun could shine yet it all felt black. After your presentation I found my words.” – 7th grade student who was being bullied and had begun to self-harm

“My friend and I had a suicide pact. A third friend learned about it and told on us because a counselor who was trained knew what to look for and encouraged our friend to speak up. We were mad at first, but life is so much better now. That friend and counselor saved us from the worst decision we could have made.” – 11th grade student

"You've saved at least 6 of my students. We need to talk about these things. Your presentations are conversation starters- lifesaving ones!"  - Middle school counselor
“Our program provides safe adults to advocate for children in the court system who wouldn’t have a voice otherwise. The abuse some of them have endured makes it understandable that they’d want the pain to go away even if at their own hands. We have seen many beautiful children deal with suicide and now we can handle it better. They’ve survived severe abuse, we can’t let them be hurt further.” - Guardian Ad Litem Director

“The trainings law enforcement received for our CIT and SRO officers is irreplaceable. Presentations are compelling, informative, and are a great help to our law enforcement. Mental health must be addressed especially for us first responders." – Police Sergeant

“It is my second year as a principal. Before the holidays we experienced a second suicide. We are at one suicide per year.  In my 17 years in education I see the increase firsthand and staff without your support are not equipped to address this. Not even the school system provides the services you do. We need it. Its life or death.” - High School principal

“This year marks my 10th year as executive director of the Ganley Foundation. I am so proud, blessed and humbled to say that we’ve lost count of those lives we’ve saved. It is also an act of faith as we know we’ve helped many we will never know about.” – Grace Carricarte, executive director

We thank you for your support and look forward to making more of these success stories possible. While suicide is not always preventable we know more lives can continue to be saved.

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