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Bandfest at Bar of America to benefit suicide prevention/intervention

Amy Edgett
aegett@sierrasun.com

Join the Deckheads, shown here at Truckee River Regional Park, and friends at Bar of America for a suicide prevention BandFest benefit.

Boogie on over to the Bar of America on Friday, June 6, 9:30 p.m. for a night of music. The Deckheads & Friends will jam at the inaugural Bandfest to benefit suicide intervention/prevention efforts.

"God put you on this world to make a difference," said Diana Bell-Curtis, whose son Clayton McDonnell committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 23. "One thing about me is you can't throw me down." This resilient mother is determined to do her best to help other families avoid the pain of suicide.

Charitysmith.org was chosen to handle the Clayton McDonnell Memorial Fund because Diana met and appreciated the founder, Brooks H. Rohlen, MD, who began the organization in 1994 in memory of his father. The group's sympathetic nature also influenced her choice.

She notes the difference of Truckee from when she arrived in 1979, with about 1,200 residents, moving from the small-town village feel to incorporation, to the impact of 24/7 social media, graphic and games that don't positively support the area's youth.

Diana wants to provide relief when our kids get lost — perhaps grasping after the devastating first loss of love, or feeling the odd one out.

She wants everyone know "you matter," that life is "incredible" and a whole batch of healing is going on fourth Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at For Goodness Sake in Truckee — a neutral area where people will feel comfortable gathering for healing, coping and education. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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In her words, "life is gold" ­— sometimes we just need a little help to realize that.

Bandfest is the third in a series of fundraisers for suicide prevention, the first being a 700-attendee blast at Zano's in Truckee in partnership with The Copy Center, and Eileen Allen's 61 days "Paddlin' for a Cause" last summer and fall.

The Clayton McDonnell Memorial Fund (through Charitysmith) will provide:

Scholarships for music programs for those who have the passion.

Programs for teens and young adults who are struggling with depression and loneliness, to help make them aware they are never alone through education, counseling and therapy.

Working along side the intervention/prevention of suicide and that effective help is available and to help those left behind.

Keeping all options open.

Information about the Know the Signs campaign will be available at the event, along with donation boxes placed throughout the venue.

The goal of Know the Signs is to prepare parents and the community to prevent suicide by increasing knowledge of warning signs and learn how to offer help.

For further information contact Diana Bell-Curtis at 530-562-4191 or visit http://charitysmith.org/memorial-funds/clayton-mcdonnell.