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Close to half a million dollars was raised at Florida fundraiser to support The Jed Foundation’s work in promoting mental health and preventing suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults.
Close to 200 people gathered at Scott and Beata Galloway’s home in Gulf Stream, Florida on Saturday, November 13 for a fundraiser to support The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading national non-profit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults. Local resident Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and business professor. Close to $500,000 was raised to support JED, which currently has active programming in several Florida schools, including the University of Florida, University of Tampa, and Miami Dade College.
Scott Galloway and Beata Galloway hosted the event, raising close to half a million dollars for JED.
While Galloway and his wife have been donors to JED for several years, he was particularly moved to get more involved following the June 2020 death of Alex Kearns, a 20-year-old who died by suicide after believing he had accumulated a six-figure debt on a stock trading platform. “I was really rattled by [his] death,” Galloway shared on his podcast Pivot, which covers technology and business topics. “I committed to getting involved and raising some money around teen depression. I’m proud to support The Jed Foundation; it’s a wonderful organization, and they do fantastic work.”
As the pandemic continues, teens and young adults need more mental health support than ever. JED partners with high schools and colleges across the country to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. As everyone continues to navigate the “new normal,” this cause has never been more important for young adults.
JED team members attended the event, including (from left to right) Manuela McDonough, Suzanne Button, Adee Shepen, and John MacPhee. Pictured in the center is Alissa Sklaver Rabin, owner and managing partner of CSG Heath Group and an associate of Scott Galloway.
“The good news is that we know that schools are a focal point for addressing this growing need,” Suzanne Button, Ph.D., JED’s senior clinical director of High School Programming, told attendees. “Everyone here can help us help high schools and districts face this challenging post-COVID adolescent mental health landscape. Your support will help us work with schools to build sustainable communities of caring that prevent suicide, substance misuse risk, and support strong educational and life outcomes for teens over the long haul.”
“We are so grateful for the Galloways’ commitment to this cause and to JED and for the generosity of the attendees,” said JED’s CEO John MacPhee, “Since our founding 21 years ago, JED has established itself as a leader in this field by developing the expertise, trust, and partnerships necessary to meet the mental health challenges of teens and young adults today. The need for our impactful programs is great, and we are ready to respond and help more and more schools.”
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Event goers gathered to hear remarks from John MacPhee, Scott Galloway, and Suzanne Button, and learn more about JED’s work.
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