Community HOPE event Saturday at City Park

Community HOPE for Suicide Prevention volunteers include, from left, in back, Daniel Nelson, Jennifer Nelson, assistant Leon Waitrovich II, Christine Easterbrook, coordinator Dylan Hagerty, Mia Davey, Gary Davey, Cheyenne Archambeault, Jonah Waitrovich and assistant Dawn Archambeault; in front are Felicia Hall, Solomon Frye, Joah Waitrovich, Jerah Waitrovich, Joshua Reh, assistant Julie Fende, coordinator/founder Carole Waitrovich and Christi Frye. Not pictured are assistant Bill Dedie, Randall St. John, Pat St. John, Sandra West, Paul Archambeault, Annie Ray and Bernice St. John.

IRON MOUNTAIN –The10th anniversary/annual event and walk hosted by Community HOPE for Suicide Prevention will be Saturday at City Park in Iron Mountain.

Registration is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, with the walk taking place rain or shine. The full event will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 each, with ages 5 and younger admitted free.

There also will be a balloon release; a silent moment for veterans; the walk down West B Street and up West A Street, with police escort and ending with a Beacon Ambulance escort; kids activities; cotton candy; bouncy house; popcorn; Italian dinner; beverages; and snacks throughout the day.

All ages are welcome, both walkers and non-walkers, but registration is required.

The speaker is Randy St. John, longtime Kingsford resident. He has lost a brother to suicide and a son from a drug overdose. A short training session and handout also will be provided on learning the warning signs of suicide and how to help a suicidal person tap into healing forces.

“Our goals are to educate many people so that they know what to say and how to say things to help someone through their thoughts of darkness or actions of a suicide,” coordinator Carole Waitrovich said. “We want to save lives by being there, emotionally and physically, to help those who struggle with mental health illnesses.”

UnHushed Grace will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Carole Waitrovich at 906-396-7819 or Dylan Hagerty at 715-219-2670.

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