The fundraising did not stop with the GoFundMe campaign. The group attained official 501(c)(3) non-profit status last year and has organized various fundraising events throughout 2016, including a trivia night. In just a few short weeks Project Wake Up will host its first annual golf tournament at the Forest Park Golf Course.
The event, which will take place Saturday, August 6, gives people the opportunity to get involved and throws in a little competition in to boot. Dixon Golf has partnered with the group and will be hosting its own unique challenges on the course, giving golfers the opportunity to win various prizes such as a Zovatti watch, custom drivers and more. Lunch, dinner and beverages will also be provided with every sign up.
This golf tournament is just one of many fundraising strategies to make this documentary a reality. Once finished, they plan to send it to various film festivals and distribute it to college campuses around the country. They also plan to bring groups like the Mizzou Student Suicide Prevention Coalition, members of which are trained to recognize warning signs and get students the help they need, to universities across the nation.
“These are your brothers, your sisters, your moms and best friends that are suffering in silence,” Lindley says. “There’s certain people who won’t get the help that they should because they’re scared to speak out. The stigma needs to end.”
Team signups for Project Wake Up’s First Annual Golf Tournament are open until July 26 and can be found here. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event can email Wakeupdocumentary@gmail.com. For those who simply want to make a donation, they can do so here.
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