To our annual fundraiser supporters,

With our annual fundraising event—Race to Save Young Lives at Arlington International Racecourse—behind us, I want to on reflect what the event and our supporters mean to me personally.

Looking at the bigger picture, several factors made the event more successful than ever.  Starting the planning early was helpful, but I attribute the success to hard work that included many hours of planning and soliciting, and your overwhelming support. Together, my team and I worked harder than ever on our outreach, and it all paid off as you came through for us.

As if the contributions of our sponsors and donors weren’t enough, we had the biggest turnout ever! I felt so grateful, and so blessed. We welcomed both new and returning guests at Arlington. Our closest friends and new partners filled the room. We invited school representatives and family members to help us highlight the vital and necessary SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program.

As I addressed our friends at Arlington, I was overwhelmed not only with gratitude, but also with hope. Public speaking makes me nervous, but I know how important our message is and that motivates me to speak loud and clear: help us fund 30 new schools with suIMG_0319icide prevention education in the 2015-16 school year.

I’m happy to report our goal was met.

With the generous outpouring of contributions from our annual event Race to Save Young Lives, we just might reach 100 schools and educate more than 100,000 students by the school year’s end.

So I want to take this opportunity to extend a most heartfelt THANK YOU to our sponsors and silent auction donors for understanding the importance of our work and for your partnership. We could not do our work without you.

We thank the following corporate sponsors as follows…

Event Sponsors:joannesmom

  • Hospira
  • JMG Wealth Management
  • Mt. Prospect Volkswagen — Countryside Volkswagen/Subaru
  • The Warranty Group
  • Carol and Chris Garavente
  • Colon McLean and Matthew Holt
  • Nancia and Larry Weiner
  • Deede and Ed Wittenstein

Partner Sponsors: Daniel Callistein, LCSW (individual and family psychotherapy), Gendell Family Foundation, Beth and Jeff Izenman, John D. Jawor, Cynthia and David Rosenbloom, Susan and Howard Schoenfeld, Jackie and Bill Shiner

A list of all our silent auction donors is shown below.

I thank you again for your commitment to suicide prevention, and for your generosity. We look forward to partnering with you again.


Joanne Meyers
Elyssa’s Mission

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