Gardner, MA – The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and MVP Sponsor AGERA Energy present a Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Awareness event featuring special guest Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots Defensive End.

The event will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Great Wolf Lodge, 50 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg.

A key issue facing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and one which has hit our region especially hard, is the high rate of suicide in our population. Impacted by mental health concerns and the opioid addiction problem, the negative economic effect of this situation is considerable.

The Chamber and AGERA Energy are proud to partner together to take on the challenge of ensuring that the business community is aware of the magnitude of the problem, learns to recognize the signs and becomes familiar with the resources available.

Guest speaker Rob Ninkovich has been a key player for the New England Patriots since 2009 and has been a member of two Super Bowl teams. In his professional life, he was touched by suicide when teammate and NFL Hall of Famer, Junior Seau, took his own life in 2012.

In addition to the speaking presentation, a number of local agencies that provide diverse resources related to the suicide situation will be available to address concerns and dispense information at the venue from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to suicide prevention/awareness initiatives in the Greater Gardner region, and Heywood Healthcare’s Quabbin Retreat, slated for opening later this year in Petersham. This innovative facility will provide outpatient, residential and inpatient services to adults and adolescents struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse problems.

Touchdown Sponsors include Heywood Hospital, Fidelity Bank/Shine Initiative. Field Goal Sponsors are Advanced Cable Ties and Tyco Simplex/Grinnell.  First Down Sponsors include C.M. Chartier Contracting, Elms College, GAAMHA, Inc., and Mount Wachusett Community College. Kickoff Sponsors are Athol Savings Bank, Colonial Co-operative Bank, Eastern Propane, GFA Federal Credit Union, MassMen, MedStar EMS, Pete’s Tire Barn and Unitil.

Football Fan Sponsors are the A.E.D. Foundation, Inc. and Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc.  Press Box Sponsors include Competitive Edge Marketing & Design, Great Wolf Lodge, Pro Sports MVP, Travers Printing, Inc., The K-Zone WPKZ 1280/105.3, and WTAG News Radio 580/94.9.

Event tickets are $60 per person. Ticket price includes dinner. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased online  HERE or contact the Chamber at 978-632-1780 email:  Tickets may also be purchased at the Chamber office, 29 Parker Street, 2nd Floor, Gardner.




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