Nearing the 1st anniversary of her son’s demise, Tonya Ames and her mate Carlene Karafelis set out to do a thing in his memory to enable raise cash for and awareness of suicide avoidance and psychological well being. The plan?  A psychological health and fitness and suicide prevention awareness style exhibit fundraiser. This year would be the first, and expected, annual charity function offered by Fashvia and Andre’s Military. 

The fashion display will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Rochester Undertaking Arts Center at 7 p.m. It is a black-tie event featuring over 20 designs, speakers who will talk about psychological wellness and suicide, raffles and a DJ.

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Ames is 1 of the volunteer versions. She and other individuals will strut down a purple carpet, a nod to the suicide recognition shades of teal and purple. Recognition ribbons will also be handed out. 

Ames’ son Andre Schaeffer died by suicide on June 12, 2021. Schaeffer was the third member of his Dover Substantial Class of 2022 to die by suicide within just a few years. This college year would have been the 3 teenagers’ senior yr. 

Fashvia's Charity Fashion Show will be held Saturday, March 5 at the Rochester Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. It is a black-tie event featuring over 20 models, speakers who will talk about mental health and suicide, raffles and a DJ.

“I am happy that we’re performing this not only to honor Andre, but also the other boys in his class that also took their life in the very last handful of yrs because our group has lost 3 amazing youthful adult men,” Ames claimed. “There’s so a great deal stigma all over psychological overall health, but we seriously require to convey gentle to it instead.”

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