MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
SUICIDE PREVENTION NIGHT
On July 25, 2019, Marco, the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club, and Rox Project S.A.V.E. Foundation, teamed up with the CentraCare Health Foundation for a first-ever Mental Health Awareness/Suicide Prevention Night fundraiser during a Rox home game played at Joe Faber Field.
The event was a major success, raising $28,000 for the charities. Following the game, Scott Roeder, the Vice President of Operations at Marco, stated: “There are functions within our community that support worthy causes such as cancer and hospice. But mental illness doesn’t have a Holly Ball or similar event. Marco wanted to champion an event that raises awareness, helps people recognize the signs and connect with resources if a family member or friend is struggling or if they, themselves, are having thoughts of suicide?”
Proceeds from the event were raised through corporate sponsorships of various game night promotions and contests, through the sale of Rox game tickets, a silent auction of Rox Team Jerseys worn during the actual game, and from various fundraising activities held at the Marco corporate office in St. Cloud.
SUICIDE PREVENTION CONTACT INFO: To learn more about the warning signs and what to do if you suspect someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts, log onto suicideispreventable.org. If you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Four County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-635-8008.
Pictured L-R (Standing): Scott Roeder and Jeff Gau (Marco), Dr. Ryan Engdahl and Lisa Bershok (CentraCare), Jim Loria (St. Cloud Rox). Front Row: Penny Casavant (CentraCare Health Foundation).
The Rox Tip their Helmets to the Fans and Marco, our Game Sponsors, for their fantastic support of the Mental Health Awareness Night fundraiser!
Jeff Gau, Chief Executive Officer at Marco, gets his arm warmed up and ready to toss out the ceremonial first pitch!