Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in Hamilton County, according to Stigma Free Fishers In 2016 alone, there were 11 suicides in Fishers.
Fishers Rotary Club wants to make mental health awareness its mission for its June 22 golf outing fundraiser at The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club.
“The Rotary Club is a global network where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, our communities and ourselves,” said Deb Persic, event committee chair. “We are the largest service organization in Fishers, so we have over 100 diverse members, and we fundraise and donate to several local community organizations.”
The golf outing is club’s first. Proceeds will benefit the mental health initiative, Stigma Free Fishers.
“I’m very proud to live in a community that is focusing on mental health,” Persic said. “The hope is that when people recognize the symptoms of mental illness because we’re discussing it more, they’ll reach out to the resources available.”
Fishers Rotary Club’s goal is to raise $10,000 through golf outing sponsorships.
“Sponsorships start at $250 for hole sponsorship and go all the way up to $5,000 for the platinum sponsorship,” Persic said. “The more you spend, the more exposure your company receives. Individuals can also donate raffle items or donate to Fishers Rotary Club.”
Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness will be on hand the morning of the event.
“He’s pleased about it,” Persic said. “He’ll speak to everyone before the start. This event is due to the leadership of our president, Jerry Nulliner.”
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast, followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The event includes lunch, program and prizes. Cost is $125 per player. For more, visit fishersrotary.org.