Taco John’s and Jonah Bank donate $22,000 to Grace for 2 Brothers.
Jim Creel, CEO of Taco John’s International spoke about suicide in Wyoming and the Nation. “Suicide is at an epidemic stage in our country. Last week’s high profile deaths only serve to illustrate the magnitude of the problem. Wyoming is particularly acute. Our state has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.”
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Jim continued by saying, “Last year during this campaign, Taco John’s raised $9600 for suicide education and prevention. This year I challenged our restaurants to top that number. I asked our General Managers to make this a top priority, and beat last year’s total. I am thrilled to say our General Manager’s rose to the occasion and nearly doubled last year’s number, raising more than $17,000.”
The Taco John’s store on Pershing Blvd. raised more than $3700, a store in Gillette raised more than $3100, and the Carey Ave. location raised more than $2000.
Gregg Jones, Executive VP for Jonah Bank, a partner in this program spoke about the importance of this campaign. “With Wyoming having one of the largest suicide rates in the Nation, that fact alone is reason enough to support this campaign and bring it out of the shadows and into the public eye. A recent study by Vanderbilt University shows the number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled since 2008.”
Mayor Marian Orr spoke about the difference an organization like Grace for 2 Brothers has in making an impact to not only the Cheyenne community but communities around the state. “Without funding from the public and private sector, like Jonah Bank, these programs wouldn’t continue.”
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