Beta Hosts Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention
Attendees at Beta Theta Pi’s Three Star Gala fundraiser on April 21. PHOTO COURTESY OF BETA THETA PI.
Beta Theta Pi hosted its first annual Three Star Gala on behalf of CHADS Coalition Friday, April 21. The event was held at Backer Dining Hall. Attendees included faculty and staff, parents, community members, and students of Westminster College and William Woods University.
At the event, over 100 guests heard from John Deitl, whose 26-year-old son, Kevin, died by suicide in 2015 and who now works to advocate suicide-prevention legislation and to create a documentary on the subject. Other speakers included Missouri State Representative Travis Fitzwater, and Beta Theta Pi member, Benjamin Davis, ‘18.
According to Trevor Neal, ’18, philanthropy chair of the Alpha Delta chapter of the fraternity, the speakers’ messages rang loud and clear that it is acceptable to talk about suicide and mental illness and that this vulnerability allows true lasting relationships to help people through these issues. The event raised nearly $1,500 to help CHADS Coalition end suicide.
The mission of CHADS Coaltion is to save young lives by advancing the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. The organization was established in 2005 by Larry and Marian McCord after the suicide of their 18-year-old son, Chad, for whom the organization is named.