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Jordan Porco Foundation's Summer Series
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Summer Series

As we welcome summer, it's important to look back and share our successes that your continued support makes possible: events, programming, and more.

We must also stay focused on the work ahead of us, as we work to grow and expand our programs to reach more young adults.

Jordan's Journey

Grateful for Kindness


Thank you for your support of our 5th Annual Jordan’s Journey Gala on April 2nd.  It was an inspiring evening with 1,100 guests and heartfelt speeches, including one from Taylor Porco, Jordan's sister. We are incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of our sponsors, board members, volunteers, media supporters, auction donors and winners, families, and friends who made the event a success.  

A special thank you to our presenting sponsors–the Chase Family, Reynolds Construction Company, EZB Fordham Limited Partnership; our keynote speaker, Jordan Burnham; musician Daniel J. Baker; and masters of ceremonies, Mark “The Shark” and Renee DiNino. 

A special thank you and congratulations to our award winners: Natalie Sanchez, Student Mental Health Advocate of the Year; University of Connecticut - Storrs, Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus; LAZ Parking, Foundation Champion of the Year; U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Community Mental Health Advocate of the Year; and Cheryl Chase, Arnold Chase, Samuel Stern, Lilly Naveh, Jordan's Journey Hero Award recipients, honoring five years of generous support.

Your continued support allows us to further grow and expand our programs, making the Jordan Porco Foundation’s vision a reality. Thank you for spreading the seeds of kindness in support of our mission to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults.  

Finally, thank you to Brian Ambrose Photography for capturing the sentiments of our gala in this beautiful kaleidoscope of photos.

Together at the Table



We held our Together at the Table event on April 22nd at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Deerfield Beach, FL.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Deerfield Beach Resort, Luxury PR, volunteers, media supporters, friends, family, and our guests.

Executive Chef Jose put together an evening of first-class cuisine with wine pairing. The night also included a live and silent auction and speeches from Miss Florida USA 2016, Brie Gabrielle; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ernie Porco; and President and CEO of the Jordan Porco Foundation, Marisa Giarnella-Porco.

The event was a tremendous success to raise funds to support our suicide prevention programs for young adults. We are incredibly thankful for our Florida partnerships.

Thank you to Miss Miami Beach 2016, Kayla Foriere, whose support has led to inaugural programming in Florida. This Fall, Rollins College will be the first Florida campus to host Fresh Check Day and The Benjamin School will pilot the first 4 What's Next high school program in Florida.


 

The Latest Buzz

Mood Matters Booth


The University of Saint Joseph and the University of Connecticut at Storrs piloted a brand new Fresh Check Day booth called "Mood Matters.” The Mood Matters booth was created in partnership with the International Bipolar Foundation to raise awareness, educate, and decrease the stigma about mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression. At the booth, participants made masks that represented feelings or experiences that they may hide in public, the impact of stigma surrounding mood disorders, awareness and support of people living with a mood disorder, and what makes those living with mood disorders #MoreThanADiagnosis. 

One student said, "I'm so grateful more people are learning about Bipolar Disorder, helping relieve me from the stigma."

We will continue to pilot the Mood Matters booth, sponsored by the International Bipolar Foundation, at additional schools this fall. 

4 What's Next


In April, Windham High School piloted our newest program: 4 What’s Next. We developed this program to prepare students for life after high school. This was the second high school to pilot 4 What's Next. We will move forward with more pilots in the fall with several schools, including The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, FL and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Nadick, MA.

One peer leader said, "The best part of 4 What's Next was knowing we were making a change in our school."

4 What's Next is a future-focused high school program that identifies, trains, and empowers student leaders to engage in honest discussions and peer-to-peer education about mental health, personal wellness, and transitioning to life after high school.

"I appreciated learning how to help myself and others," said another peer leader.

Learn more here.

Our BuzzFeed


For Mental Health Awareness Month we wrote our own BuzzFeed, 15 Ways to Promote Mental Health.

Featured on Fox 61


We were featured on Fox 61 News in Sarah Cody’s “Mommy Minute." The story highlighted our work in suicide prevention with our programs: Fresh Check Day, Nine out of Ten, and 4 What’s Next.

Women's Expo


West Hartford Women in Networking and Raymour & Flanigan co-sponsored a very successful 2nd Annual Women’s Expo to benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation. We received positive feedback from those who attended this event. The expo included vendors, workshops, live music from the Connecticut State Troubadour, a visit from the new Mayor of West Hartford, CT; Shari Cantor, a fashion show, auction, and a heartfelt speech from Marisa Giarnella-Porco, President and CEO of the Jordan Porco Foundation.

Bright Music Festival


The rain on Sunday June 5th didn't take away from the bright light that the second annual Bright Music Festival shined on suicide prevention, mental wellness, and supportive resources in the Southeastern Connecticut community.

The proceeds benefited Brian T. Dagle Memorial Foundation and the Jordan Porco Foundation. The day featured, poetry, relaxation, reflection activities, and food trucks. Also, guests were treated to performances from Last Minute Men, DRK Productions, The Friendly Ghost, and Llama Tsunami. This is a successful event every year, and we look forward to the next one.
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