Co-owned by husband and wife Jonathan and Jenn Woodhull-Smith, Wine and Design provides the canvas, cover-up, paints, paintbrushes, and corkscrew and attendees provide a beverage of his or her choosing. First-
“There are many people within our own community who have been impacted by suicide,” says Woodhull-Smith. “This fundraiser is not only a wonderful way to do something positive for our community, but also a chance to do something nice for yourself. I’m delighted to be able to host this event for Carolyn and AFSP. It’s a vital cause, and I hope that our event will raise much needed money and attention to this wonderful agency.”
Net proceeds from the Wake Forest Out of the Darkness Walk benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP (www.afsp.org)
Wake Forest Out of the Darkness Walk Community Chair, Carolyn Zahnow, is the founder and facilitator of the Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide support group. Zahnow attended a painting party at Wine and Design’s original location in Raleigh. When she heard that a studio would be opening in Wake Forest, she thought a painting party would be a great way to raise money and awareness for her organization.
“Fundraisers are vital to AFSP and allow them to continue their research into why people die by suicide and to support survivors of suicide,” says Zahnow. “Money raised from fundraisers will allow us to reach out to other survivors of suicide loss to show them that they can survive after losing a loved one to suicide. We’re also able to share information in local schools about depression, provide training for facilitators, exhibit at local mental health fairs, and purchase materials to share.”
According to AFSP’s website, more than 36,000 people in the United States die every year by suicide. It is the 10th leading cause of death in this country and is often characterized as a response to a single event or set of circumstances. Zahnow says that she is grateful for Wine and Design’s generosity in helping with fundraising efforts and says that the painting event will give people another way to support the cause.
“Some people do not like to participate in walks, so I’m hoping that Wine and Design will offer them a fun and creative alternative to help support suicide prevention,”
To register online for the Wake Forest Out of the Darkness Walk fundraiser, visit www.wineanddesignnc.com/
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