The 2nd annual Remembering Ryan Suicide Awareness Benefit is happening December 16th. It's a fundraiser to celebrate the life of Ryan Burns, and the raise money and promote suicide awareness with a goal of raising over $5,000 for the Southwestern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Ryan Burns Memorial Foundation Facebook Page
Ryan Burns Memorial Foundation Facebook Page

Mater Dei graduate Ryan Burns passed away at just 26 years old from suicide.  His family & friends created the Ryan Burns Memorial Foundation to help his legacy live on, and they strive to raise awareness about suicide, and provide assistance to those in need.

Ryan's sister Amanda actually reached out to me by email, after winning Luke Bryan tickets a few weeks ago.  She told me that one of the last big memories she has with her brother was seeing Luke Bryan at the Ford Center. Luke Bryan also knows what it's like to lose a sibling, he's lost his brother and his sister.  Amanda said that recently reading an interview with Luke Bryan helped her when he said:

you have to honor their memory by living and you have to be a positive light for people

How do you deal with losing a sibling?  I said buddy you just have to talk to them like they are still here.  You just talk to them and treat them like they are here.  I mean it is awful that they are not here, it’s so frustrating, but if you live long enough life is gonna get you a bit.


That is exactly what Amanda and her family are doing. Along with friends of Ryan, they are being positive lights for people in the community.

If you'd like to join them for the Remembering Ryan Benefit, you can RSVP via their event page on Facebook.

Here's some event details:

Join us for our 2nd annual fundraiser to celebrate Ryan's life & raise money to promote suicide awareness! We're looking forward to a fun-filled evening with friends & family in the community - all are welcome, so spread the word! Our goal is to raise over $5k this year for the Southwestern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Come when doors open for chinese auction & half pot! Dinner, soda, & beer catered by Kokies. DJ Todd Early will provide entertainment throughout evening.

Date: December 16, 2017 (Ryan's Birthday!)
Location: Corpus Christi Cafetorium (5528 Hogue Rd, Evansville, IN 47712)
Time: 5:00-10:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm

Entrance prices - include food and drinks:
-Single: $30
-Couple: $55
-21 and under: $15
-12 and under: FREE

Please RSVP by December 6th- click on link in Ticket Information listed above or click the link
-If attending, please list all names in your party


If you can't make it to the benefit, but would like to donate, you can check out the Ryan Burns Memorial Foundation, here.

Thank you Amanda for sharing your story with me.  And thank you to your family, for honoring your brother's legacy in a way that helps so many others. I hope this year is your most successful year yet!

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