Steamboat golf tournament raises money for suicide prevention

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— Art and Sandy Dye understand the pain that suicide leaves behind, and they hope something as simple as a golf tournament can help others avoid the journey they began in 2007, when their son took his life.

In an effort to prevent youth suicide, the family started hosting the Know the Signs … Save a Life golf tournament fundraiser at Steamboat Golf Club several years ago.

The tournament helps support the Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project, an endowment the couple set up at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation after their son’s death.

Jeffrey died in 2007 while attending the University of Colorado. The family said Jeffrey was a caring person with a bright future, many friends and a loving family. But when Jeffrey was confronted with a life-threatening emotional crisis and reached out, his cries for help went unrecognized.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 1 at Steamboat Golf Club. The event is a nine-hole scramble with teams of four golfers. There are shotgun starts at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Teams can play in a single round or sign up for all three.

Entry is $50 for the first nine holes and $40 for each additional nine-hole round. A mulligan can be purchased for $5, golf carts are $8 and lunch is $5. Donations also are welcome and should be payable to the Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project. Donations also can be made at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s website. The fund can be found under the local nonprofit's drop-down menu.

The money from the project helps support organizations that are working to prevent suicide in Routt County. Since it started, the project has granted $5,000 to Colorado West Regional Mental Health for suicide awareness and prevention services offered to youths in three school districts in Routt County and has purchased the Signs of Suicide Program, which teaches students to recognize the signs of suicide in their peers and introduces them to effective strategies for getting help. It also helped sponsor the 2011 Yampa Valley Community Mental Health Conference and established a permanent funding source to pay for private counseling services for at-risk youths in the Yampa Valley.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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