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Keith Milano Memorial Fund Makes Donation to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention's Project 2025

Mitlin Financial's President, Lawrence Sprung, and his family are proud to announce that the Keith Milano Memorial Fund has made a financial commitment to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention's Project 2025.  As many of you know, Keith was Larry's brother in law and this is a cause he has been very passionate about.  You will also see that the Sprung family has also made a personal donation along with the donation from the fund.  We offer a huge Thank You to everyone that has helped us make the donation and raise awareness for this important cause. Here is a copy of the full press release:

 

Suicide Prevention Organization Receives Large Donation for Project 2025

           

Donation Supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Project 2025

Goal to Reduce the Annual Suicide Rate 20 Percent by 2025

“We knew when we launched Project 2025 that it would take generous donations like this one from the Keith Milano Memorial Fund to meet our bold goal of reducing the suicide rate. It is for people like Keith, and those he left behind, that we continue our work – by investing in Project 2025 the Sprung family is contributing to helping us save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Robert Gebbia, AFSP CEO.

Keith Milano grew up on Long Island where he attended Newfield High School. He went on to the University of Buffalo, and then to Stony Brook University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. After graduation, he worked as a hydrogeologist for EnviroTrac. Denise Milano Sprung, Keith’s older sister by three years, also attended Newfield High School and the University of Buffalo. Denise and her husband Larry run the Keith Milano Memorial Fund in honor of her younger brother. The Sprung family also made a personal donation to Project 2025 and have been generous contributors to AFSP for many years. 

More about Project 2025

Launched in October 2015,Project 2025 uses a dynamic systems model approach based on what the evidence tells us about suicide. The model has already revealed four areas for critical action including: (1) firearms and suicide prevention, (2) healthcare systems, (3) emergency departments, and (4) justice systems.Through collaborating with other organizations, accrediting bodies, professional associations,and leaders in other industry sectors, AFSP is focusing its prevention efforts on the kinds of programs, policies and interventions in these four areas that will save the most lives in the shortest amount of time.

 About the Keith Milano Memorial Fund

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.

 About AFSP

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP onFacebook,Twitter,Instagram, andYouTube.

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Mitlin Minute- Special Edition- Suicide Prevention Week

This special edition of Mitlin Minute was filmed to raise awareness for suicide prevention awareness week.
We discuss the importance of sharing this video/story with as many as possible.

 
Disclaimer: This article represents the opinion of Mitlin Financial Inc. It should not be construed as providing investment, legal and/or tax advice.

Mitlin Minute: Giving Tuesday and Give Until It Feels Good

In this edition of Mitlin Minute we discuss Giving Tuesday and Giving Until It Feels Good.

Mitlin Financial is charitably inclined and we hope you are too.  Through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP we have helped support the Seize The Awkward campaign that is currently being run on Instagram and YouTube.  Make sure you check it out and discuss with your kids.  This Giving Tuesday, we are announcing that we will be taking a table at the Lifesavers Galain NYC this coming May to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can always make a donation to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP using this link http://bit.ly/MilanoFund or any other charity of your choice, but Give Boldly.

Be sure to share this Mitlin Minute with your network and contact us if you would like any additional information about what is discussed in this Mitlin Minute.

 

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Mitlin Minute: Invest In Others Award

Mitlin Financial is pleased to announce that its Founder, Lawrence Sprung, has been selected as a finalist for the Invest In Others Community Service Award.  This is awarded, by the Invest In Others Charitable Foundation, to an advisor who has made an outstanding impact on a community through leadership contributions to a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years.  He or she has not only contributed to the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit, but also has an established record of motivating and inspiring others. This includes serving with distinction as a fundraiser, board member, or other executive position.

As a finalist, this means Larry has already won $10,000 for his charity, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and could win another $30,000 if he is selected the winner.  We look forward to announcing more as it is released.  The gala will be held on September 26th in Boston where the finalist will be selected.

 

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Mitlin Minute: When Life Intersects & A Hockey Jersey Is The Common Thread

In this edition of Mitlin Minute we pay tribute to Michael McGrath of the Chicago Fury and the members of the community, in Pittsburgh, PA, of the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Michael played for the U18 Chicago Fury and died last week.  People were asked to wear their hockey jerseys on Monday, October 29, 2018 to show support for Michael.  Over the same weekend, a shooter walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and began shooting and took the lives of eleven people who were in the house of worship.
 
Because of these two events, I decided to wear my Israeli National Hockey jersey to work to honor Michael and those lost in Pittsburgh.

 
 Be sure to share and comment on this Mitlin Minute with your network so we can raise awareness for those like Michael and honor those that lost their lives this weekend.

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Seize The Awkward Campaign Receives Large Donation

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Seize The Awkward Campaign Receives Large Donation
 
Donation to Support Digital-First PSA Campaign for Young Adults and Led by the Ad Council, JED and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
 
NEW YORK (November 8, 2018) – In memory of Keith Milano, who died by suicide in 2004, his family created the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This fund contributed a generous donation that was earmarked for the new Seize The Awkward public service campaign. Launched in January, this campaign is an effort to empower young adults to reach out to friends who may be at risk for suicide. The campaign was created in partnership by the Ad Council, The Jed Foundation (JED), and AFSP through the ad agency Droga5.
 
“Since losing Keith and sharing our story we have had so many people reach out for resources. In today’s digital age tweens and teens see and hear about suicide whether we address it with them or not. Parents and educators need to be able to communicate effectively that there is help, support and that asking for help is a sign of strength,” said Denise Sprung, suicide prevention advocate and resident of Smithtown, New York. “This is why we chose to allocate such a large amount from the Keith Milano Memorial Fund to the groundbreaking Seize The Awkward campaign. As a parent, I know how important it is to talk to your kid about their mental health and about suicide.”
 
Seize the Awkward encourages teens and young adults, particularly those ages 16-24, to create a safe space for their friends to open up about mental health challenges. The campaign personifies an awkward silence that can happen between friends before a conversation about mental health, through the character, Awkward Silence, portrayed by actor and Broadway star Gideon Glick. It shows viewers the opportunity that exists in recognizing something is wrong and breaking through an awkward silence between friends – and encourages them to use this moment to check in and ask about mental health.
 
Keith Milano grew up on Long Island where he attended Newfield High School. He went on to the University of Buffalo, and then to Stony Brook University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. After graduation, he worked as a hydrogeologist for EnviroTrac. Denise Milano Sprung, Keith’s older sister by three years, also attended Newfield High School and the University of Buffalo. Denise and her husband Larry run the Keith Milano Memorial Fund in honor of her younger brother. The Sprung family also made a personal donation to Project 2025 and have been generous contributors to AFSP for many years.  
 
 
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.
 
About AFSP
 
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Beyond 6 Seconds Podcast: Larry Sprung – Founder of Mitlin Financial and advocate for suicide prevention

I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the Beyond 6 Seconds Podcast hosted by Carolyn Kiell.  We had a fantastic conversation about how I entered the financial services business and why I am such an advocate for suicide prevention. 

On this episode, Larry discusses the critical events in his life that shaped his career and advocacy:  

  • How his mother’s long battle with breast cancer led him to a career helping people plan for critical financial events in their lives, and
  • How the loss of his brother-in-law to suicide led Larry to become involved with AFSP and, along with his wife Denise, raise more than $1,000,000 for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of Larry and Denise’s brother-in-law and brother, respectively.

Larry also talks about some of the important work that AFSP is doing to help people “Seize the Awkward” by having potentially life-saving conversations with the people in their lives who may be suicidal, and AFSP’s Project 2025, which aims to lower the suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025.

You can also find more information about AFSP’s work at www.afsp.org and the Seize the Awkward campaign at www.seizetheawkward.org .

 

Beyond 6 Seconds Podcast Lawrence Sprung

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