What: Polar Bear Plunge/ 1st Annyual "Freezing For a Reason" AC
Where: Plunge-On the beach right at St. James Place in Atlantic City
(After the Plunge) Warm Up Event- 164 St. James Place, Atlantic City, NJ
When: Be at the beach by 11:45 if you have not registered/If you registered be there at 12. We will be plunging promptly at 12:10pm and going to The Irish Pub afterward by 12:45.
Why: Raise money for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Who: Anyone that wants to participate or be a spectator!
1st Annual "Freezing for a Reason"
Benefitting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
If you would like to preregister for the event, please email me with you name, phone number, address at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept walk-up registrations the day of the event, but if at all possible, please pre-register. Again, minimum donation is $25.00 in order to participate, suggested donation is $100.00+. Reach out to friends, coworkers and family members for support. You supporters can donate right to this website, or write a check. In their notes, make sure they know to acknowledge you as the participant! Happy Fundraising!
I am very excited to share this very special event with you. On February 24th, 2013, we will be having a Polar Bear Plunge in Atlantic City, NJ. We are challenging you to form a team, and to raise as much money as possible for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Minimum Donation per participant is $25.00, but goal yourself at $100.00+. We are selling fundraising bracelets for $5.00 a piece. They say 1st Annual "Freezing for a Reason" afsp.org. This is an incredible foundation, who deserves all the support they can get. Here are some quick facts about suicide.
•Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide.
•Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year.
•90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
•Most people with mental illness do not die by suicide.
•Recent data puts yearly medical costs for suicide at nearly $100 million (2005).
•Men are nearly 4 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Women attempt suicide 3 times as often as men.
•Suicide rates are highest for people between the ages of 40 and 59.
The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 38,364 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2010. This latest rise places suicide again as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nationally, the suicide rate increased 3.9 percent over 2009 to equal approximately 12.4 suicides per 100,000 people. The rate of suicide has been increasing since 2000. This is the highest rate of suicide in 15 years.
Do something about it. Educate yourself. Register for the Polar Bear Plunge, and help prevent Suicide in America.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.