Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Suicide Awareness

Submitted by gallagha on Tue, 08/25/2020 - 15:05


Eighth Annual Event Has Raised Over $110,000




LAKEWOOD, N.Y.: On Saturday, September 12, the Eighth Annual Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Maplehurst Country Club in Lakewood, NY. Proceeds from the tournament go to the local Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of WNY, and local families who have been affected by suicide. The tournament honors the memory of Danny Raynor, who lost his life to suicide in 2007. 

The golf tournament will be a 4-person scramble at a cost of $75 per person or $300 for a team of four golfers. This includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, a t-shirt, lunch, dinner to-go, and other giveaways. The event brings friends, family, and others in the community together not only to remember Danny, but to remember other loved ones lost to suicide.

Tournament organizers have planned for precautions to ensure social distancing during the event. Registration will take place outside in the morning and golfers can proceed directly to their carts after completing registration. Lunch and dinner will be served, pre-packaged, in takeout containers with individually wrapped cutlery. Seating for dinner will be available outside in addition to limited seating inside the clubhouse. Those who come inside the venue will be required to wear masks.  Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves will be available for those attending the event.  

Since the tournament’s first year in 2012, over $110,000 has been raised for the fight against suicide in the Western New York Region.  Carri Raynor, who was Danny’s wife, organizes the tournament. “Over the last thirteen years I have researched suicide and I believe it is my mission in life to bring awareness to the community and to help those struggling with the loss of a loved one.  When I lost my husband, there were no support groups locally so I had to find what I was looking for on the internet, which was very difficult for me.  I had to learn how to juggle taking care of the entire household, yard work, raising an eighteen month old alone, and working full time.  In my research, I wanted to understand things like ‘What were the warning signs of suicide?’ and ‘What could have been done to prevent this from happening?’  This is when I realized I could do something to spread awareness about suicide and give back to the community.” 

The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention is a group dedicated to protecting and promoting life by fostering shared responsibility through raising awareness and community supports while embracing hopefulness and resiliency in the Chautauqua region. 

“Over 48,000 Americans die annually from suicide in the United States and Carri is fighting that fight for us right here in Chautauqua County as the Community Facilitator for the Alliance. She is a suicide loss survivor who understands,” said Alliance Coordinator, Victoria Eckert. “Currently research is showing us that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  We are so thankful to be involved with this important event again this year to help combat those staggering numbers.  Carri’s passion for increasing awareness that suicide is preventable and help is available in Chautauqua County is tremendous and we want to be able to continuously provide those resources to support her efforts.”

Since the founding in 2011, The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention has collaborated with a number of local organizations and businesses to educate community members on the warning signs of suicide as well as provide resources for individuals, providers, and families to get help and provide information on how to keep loved ones safe. The Alliance also trains community members in other mental health related topics including students in local school districts and on college campuses. 

The tournament organizers invite you to join us in taking a swing in the fight for suicide prevention. Let’s make every effort to beat last year’s contributions! For more information about the tournament, please search Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament on Facebook and find the event page to register.  For additional information, or to contribute to the event, call Carri Raynor directly at (716) 640-4535 or email raynormemorial@gmail.com



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