Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Temporary Problems Don't Require Permanent Solutions:


Imagine losing a child to suicide. Tough, isn't it? Two years ago, one of my oldest, dearest friends had to deal with this reality.

   When someone takes their life, their family is left to deal with the aftermath, the pain, and the fact that they will never see their child again. By association, their friends also are effected by the event. Joe Mele and I have been like brothers for almost 40 years. I've watched my friend go through the pain, agony, and disbelief of the tragedy. Being he's a strong man, Joe decided he needed to do something, to maybe save just one parent from having to go through the same thing.
   Joe, along with his friends, family, and a willing partner in
Carrie Harkin @ Browns Brewing/Revolution Hall, put together an amazing event last year, to benefit the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. What transpired last year was just off the charts, and beyond expectations. Around $12,000 was raised for the cause, with more than 500 folks attending. Attendee's were treated to what was described by rock writer Don Wilcock as the, 'Show of the Year'. I personally, have never seen quite the collection of talent on one stage as I did that night. This years event will offer more of the same.
   Our mission is to maybe just reach one person who's considering taking their life. To let them know that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem --That suicide takes your life and ends your pain, but gives that pain and suffering to your family -- That there's another way, and there's hope -light at the end of the tunnel. So join us on March 21, and help us get the message out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bring Your Sleeping Bag:

   It only comes once a year --thank God! The kickoff of the Lansingburgh social season begins on February 28, with the Friends of 112th St dinner.
Uncle Tucker Hulihan

50//50 raffle

Jim Lance
   This annual rite of passage, brings together old friends from all over the country. The camaraderie which unfolds as the night grows long, makes it seem as if nothing ever changes. Friendships are renewed through stories from the past -- with quite a bit of embellishment thrown in. Between the speakers, and the crazy skits, you sometimes need to pack a Depend undergarment. Nothing is sacred, no topic is taboo. With everything that's happened in Troy over the past year, I'm just going to bring my sleeping bag --cause it could be a loooooong one.

   The dinner began 38 years ago, by a group of friends, who had a small, impromptu get together at the late, Doug Ladd's home. It eventually grew into what it is today. Around 300 -350 men, pack St. Augustine's Hall every year for this much anticipated event. Every dollar that is collected is distributed throughout the community for worthwhile causes.

Here's the scoop on this years dinner:
*Where --St. Augustine's Hall
*When --February 28
*Time -- Starts @ 5p.m.
*Cost -- $35 (includes buffet, dessert, draft beer & soda)
* Tickets -- Available from any committee member. Also @ 41 Sports Bar, and at Grethen -Cahrenger Memorials

FYI: Read my Troy Treasure's column, appearing in The Record on February 15 for more details.