The Prospect House is a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It provides six to eighteen months of rehab—which includes helping overcome the addiction with an educated staff, which also includes handling legal issues, medical issues, dental issues and employment issues and so on. The house is 39 years old and has seen over 6,200 men who have been “saved”—as they say it. It costs $59 dollars a day, per man to feed, provide care and shelter while in the house. This house is what saved my dad’s life—this is what gave him a purpose and taught him what is important in life. This house reunited our family, and I have the privilege to give something back to the house that not only saved our family, but save other men’s lives and give them a reason to be clean and sober as well as reunite them with their families and friends. Today I have a dad, one that I am very proud to be the son of because of this house. With that 25% of all the funds raised will go to The Prospect House—so other families can be reunited with their loved ones.
In 1990 and 1999 my dad tried to take his own life—through guidance, through his understanding, through the love of his family and friends my dad was able to get a handle on his problem after he cried out for help. One person, who helped not only him, but me as well, is my dad’s best friend of over 50 years Paul Reitenbach. In 2010 Paul’s oldest daughter Shannon took her own life—there are no words to describe the grief the Reitenbach family has gone through, but through their love of Shannon and their commitment to understanding suicide Paul, his wife Marcia, their daughter Emily and son-in-law Bryan created Shannon’s Butterflies. It is a memorial to Shannon, which was created to help others cope with the loss of a loved one. All money that Shannon's Butterflies generates in donations is given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every 40 seconds someone takes their life, and every 41 seconds someone is asking why. The money raised will be donated in Shannon’s name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In the winter of 2010 I was at a managers meeting where the guest speaker touched on the importance of reading; “GRAB 15” as he put it, meaning read 15 minutes a day, it will change your life. I had not read a book since graduating from college 20 years ago—after taking up his challenge I have read 150 books, my wife is reading more and our second grader is an avid reader. Reading is now a part of my daily routine and I want to share that importance with others. 25% of the donations will be given to the International Reading Association—it was founded in 1956 and it improves the quality of reading, conducts research about reading and encourages the lifetime of reading habit internationally. Therefore people have the opportunity to read for their life.
In 2008 my dad had bladder cancer, but he is doing fine since having the tumor removed. In 1981 my dad lost his mom to breast cancer, and in 1958 he lost his uncle to leukemia. As you may know technology, research and science has grown tenfold thanks to donations and fighting to find a cure. In 2010 I met a man who challenged me in many ways I never fathomed. That person is Pat Williams, SR. VP of the Orlando Magic. In January of 2011 Pat was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that is in the blood which affects 1 in 159 people, and in 2012 there will be 21,700 new cases. Since January 2011, Pat took on the mission of remission and today 20 months later through commitment, passion and the will to beat it, he has it in remission. So with that 25% of all donations will be given to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Pat’s name—for this man has shown me and many others that when there is a will there is a way, not just for cancer but life it self.
So many people are affected every day with programs like the ones listed above; please join us in raising donations. In doing so, your donations will be going straight to the heart and soul of these programs. Every day people need these programs, you may not have heard of them—you may not need one of them—but in giving you are sending a message of ‘I support you and you are not alone’.
Thank you so much for your commitment to knowledge, commitment to education and your commitment of spreading the word that people are ready and willing to help others in need—we just need to continue supporting these programs so that all four can grow and prosper.
Scott Golden and Jim Serger Jr.