Centerstone hosts and participates in several events each year. These activities help us raise needed funds while keeping us in touch with the people who are so important to us. We are able to hear from you and learn about your needs and concerns.
Walk for Life
The annual event raises awareness about depression and suicide prevention. The 5k walk is held in September each year. This year, the theme will be on Military Families and will include participation from local military units. Centerstone Walk for Life will also be honoring those lost to mental illness or suicide by wearing Honor Beads.
"Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people," explained Centerstone President/CEO Mary Ruiz. "Depression or substance-abuse is a factor in a vast majority of suicides. As the community's leading mental health & addictions specialty hospital and outpatient practice, we are dedicated to helping the community recognize signs of suicide and be there to step in to help."
Funds are raised through individual and team participation with their event registration and donations from businesses, friends and family. Many schools participate and challenge each other in friendly completion. Contributors and corporate partners donate prizes for the top fund raisers and other participants.
You may go to http://manateeglens.donorpages.com/WalkForLife2015/ to find more information and register.
A recent Walk for Life included a video competition of “Why I 5k.” Here is the winning video.
The 36–Hour Giving Challenge
As part of The Giving Partner, Centerstone participates in the 36-Hour Giving Challenge each year. This is an online campaign that encourages giving and provides many incentives and matching grants. The 36-Hour Giving Challenge is made possible by presenting partners Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation, with support from sponsors: Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.
In 2013, Centerstone won “Best Overall Campaign” in the Challenge. An independent panel of judges, comprised of members of the local media, was unanimous in its decision. As a result, Centerstone received an additional $5,000 grant!
The campaign highlighted leaders of the community, law enforcement, Centerstone staff, contributors and Centerstone Corporate Partners. It also featured many staff members and included videos and photos.
Watch for information on the next 36-Hour Giving Challenge here.