Sunday July 26th was my first ever charity event that I organized all by myself!! It went spectacular!
So back in April, a buddy of mine, Kasey, made the choice to end his life. This unexpected loss tugged at the heart strings of many, while at the same time boggling our minds since no one had any idea he was depressed. I first met Kasey a number of years ago at our youth bowling league and bowled with him for a number of years on numerous leagues. Upon learning of his death, I decided to take action. I remember I was training one day and the idea just popped into my head to have a bowling fundraiser for him. So I mentioned it to a friend and he expressed interest in it so I contacted the venue and it took off from there. I then thought in order to raise more funds for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention it would be awesome to have a raffle. So I started contacting various companies and mentioned it to Neal and again it just took off. I received so many positive responses and so many items, I didn’t even have enough space at the venue for it all! Overall there were about thirty companies that contributed to the raffle as well as two vendors that showed up. After all was said and done, the event drew in about twenty five hundred dollars for the charity. That’s incredible! My original goal was to raise one thousand dollars and I definitely surpassed that goal. I contacted a lot of supplement and nutrition companies, including Ion Nutrition, because I thought adding a health and nutrition twist on a suicide prevention charity would only validate the point even more. Obviously there are significant health benefits to health and exercise and I wanted to share that and encourage that with everyone at the event.
There was one point when I thought I was going to have to cancel the event due to a lack of interest. This really made me upset but I didn’t let that discourage me. I worked a little harder, pushed it a little more and it paid off in the end. This experience has truly been an eye opening one. It has shown me you really can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. When the going gets a little tough, you train harder, you work more, and you give it everything you have. Through training and nutrition, there is life.