Brian, Dominique and I were honored to photograph the 4th Jordan’s Journey Gala held at Mohegan Sun. There were a record 1100 + supporters at the gala this year and they raised over one million dollars!! With a personal connection to the Porco Family, this event and Foundation has meaning to both of us. In attendance were Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and US Senator Richard Blumenthal. Patricia Rehmer gave a fantastic speech and keynote speaker this year was Ross Szabo. A big thanks to Masters of Ceremonies, Renee DiNino and Mark the Shark, after party entertainment by the band Barefoot Truth. And there was even a marriage proposal too!!
The Jordan’s Journey Gala is an annual celebration of the life and spirit of Jordan Porco and the primary fundraising event for The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation raising awareness of suicide prevention.
The Mission of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation is to prevent suicide in the college and college entry student population that is often the end result of significant emotional disorders triggered by stress and/or not recognized within the person until it is too late. They do this in the name and spirit of Jordan Matthew Porco, who died by suicide in 2011. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS.
Their goal is to help prevent suicide among the college age student population by increasing awareness, identifying resources available to students, helping friends and family recognize the warning signs of depression, encouraging at-risk persons to seek out help, and providing financial support to those organizations and programs dedicated to suicide prevention. With the generosity of sponsors, the support of those who attend, the dedication of volunteers, and the importance of their mission, this event is simply breathtaking and like none other.
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