Derby gathers for veteran awareness fundraiser


DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) – A fundraiser for veterans is bringing out many supporters to raise awareness for veteran suicide.

Courtesy: Mica Schmidt-Tomlinson

22BuddyCheck and The Coffee House joined forces Saturday to raise funds for the cause with a 22 hour walk/run/ruck event.

The 2nd annual fundraiser at The Coffee House, 1815 East Madison Avenue in Derby is a “come and go” event, with people encouraged to stop by for a little or a long time.

The 2nd Annual 22BuddyCheck Fundraiser began at 12 a.m. Saturday morning and continues through to 10 p.m.

“It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help” says Joshua Kegley, President of Suicide Awareness. “It’s actually a sign of strength that you’re able to pull it together enough and actually tell someone you have a problem.”

Courtesy: Mica Schmidt-Tomlinson

The Coffee House will be donating 10 percent of proceeds to the cause and customers that stop in are entered in a free coffee house gift card drawing and a Fire HD8 tablet.

The event will also boast several raffles, a quilt auction and local area vendors selling merchandise.

22BuddyCheck is non-for-profit that dedicates itself to those that have served in the armed forces and “the issues they live with day in and day out” according to their website.

Proceeds from the event will help 22BuddyCheck fund fitness programs, suicide prevention help and treatment services as well as employment resources and educational programs for veterans.

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