notMYkid hosted the “All that Glitters” Gala on April 29, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.
A sold-out crowd of more than 370 people attended and raised $900,000, according to a press release. The funds will be used to help the nonprofit’s recent expansion of prevention and behavioral health services that now includes outpatient treatment and peer support services to help youth and young adults at their new wellbeing campus and in partnership with schools throughout the state.
“Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults 10-24 in 2021,” said Kristen Polin, CEO of notMYkid. “The need is greater than ever, and Arizona continues to rank in the Top 10 nationally for youth suicides. Compromised youth mental health leads to negative risk taking and an increased chance of developing a substance use disorder. With the help of funds raised from our gala and new mental health grants, we have the capacity to do even more and respond to the urgent needs of youth throughout our state.”
Debbie and Steve Moak, notMYkid founders, were in attendance to highlight 22 years of service. Event co-chairs of this record-breaking gala were Sandra Metzler and Laurie Fielder. The Inspiring Philanthropists of the evening were honorees, Linda Lange of the Ryan Lange Foundation and George Johnson.
The event also honored the work of the Persevere Project, two teen brothers who created a mental health platform through social media to help other teens in need, Carter Ryan (15) and Ashton (18) Kroeger.
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