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Shaka on the Move

We are constantly reminded of drug and alcohol abuse on college campuses, but how often do we hear about suicide on campuses?  Suicide has become a danger that is not always talked about or addressed openly.

The American College of Health Association says that 15% of students are clinically depressed. Depression can lead to suicide. According to SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration) mental health has been identified as a serious issue on college campuses. In an effort to bring more attention to the importance of mental health on college and university campuses, The Shaka Franklin Foundation started SHAKA ON THE MOVE.

SHAKA ON THE MOVE is a mobile unit that travels to campuses delivering information on mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, depression and other disorders. Suicide is veiled with stigmas and embarrassments.  Thankfully, many colleges and universities are confronting suicide, depression and mental health head on before it is too late. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 15-34.

SHAKA ON THE MOVE is a bridge for help. For many students it is the first time they have been away from home. It can be very tramatic and lonely. Their support systems seem very far away. There are new pressures that include peer pressure and expectations of parents for high academic achievement.

SHAKA ON THE MOVE is designed to assist colleges in sharing what is working for them and passing information and resources on to other institutions encouraging them to create a prevention plan. We bring information and guidance directly to students and communities in an effort to dispel stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental health.

SHAKA ON THE MOVE is available to participate in health fairs, provide informal counseling, discussion sessions and presentations to students, faculties and parents.

The founder of The Shaka Franklin Foundation and SHAKA ON THE MOVE knows first-hand how it feels to lose a child to suicide.

A LIFE IS TOO MUCH TO LOSE, We can make a difference if we LISTEN AND REACT.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, DENVER TECH CENTER
7800 E. TUFTS AVE
DENVER, CO 80237

Silent Auction: 10 to Noon
Luncheon: 11:30 to 1:30


Keynote Speaker:

Bo Reichenbach

Bo Reichenbach (click for Bio)

Guest Speaker:

Ceal Barry

Ceal Barry, Senior Associate Athletic Director University of Colorado


Reservations Accepted Now

Title Sponsor – $50,000
Presidential Sponsor – $25,000
Platinum Sponsor – $10,000
Gold Sponsor – $5,000
Silver Sponsor – $2,500
Corporate Table – $1,750
Individual Tickets – $125


To place reservations or for more Information Contact The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth:

(303) 337-2515
info@shaka.org.
8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. #11
Denver, CO 80231


Benefitting our scholarship funds, counseling services, suicide prevention & Intervention, SHAKA I.C.E. and SHAKA ON THE MOVE (for quality Mental Health)

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth - 25th Annual Love Our Children Luncheon

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth

Will Celebrate 25 Years

Of Service To Colorado, the Nation and the World

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Keynote Speaker - Ricky Williams

Miami Dolphins Star Running Back who in 2004 led the NFL in rushing Heisman Trophy Winner
Texas Longhorns Hall of Fame
Holder of 20 NCAA Records

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Special Guest -John Amos

Actor and Writer
Star of Roots and Good Times

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* Comments from Don Mares, Executive Director, City & County of Denver, Office of Behavioral Strategies, the future of mental health in Denver

* Shed G, Comedian, radio personality and advocate for quality mental health

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At the 25th Annual Love Our Children Luncheon
Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Downtown Denver Marriott Hotel
Mark your calendar now to join us for an exciting,
informative and nostalgic afternoon

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Location

Denver Mariott
City Center Hotel
1750 California St.
11:30 – 1:30
Silent Auction – 10:00 – 12:00
Valet Parking Available

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Reservations for Sponsorships, Table and Tickets can be made now
by contacting us at info@shaka.org or 303-337-2515
All sponsorships include a table for 10.

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Sponsorships

All levels include a table for 10

$50,000 – TITLE SPONSOR
$25,000 – PRESIDENTIAL
$10,000 – PLATINUM
$5,000 – GOLD
$2,500 – SILVER

(for more information please call Marianne Franklin at 303-337-2515)

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Corporate Tables for 10 – $1750.00
Tables for 10 – $1250.00
Individual Seats – $125

(no payment required to make a reservation now)

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Suicide Prevention & Intervention
Mental Health Advocacy
All About Choices
Self Esteem Public Speakers
Scholarship Fund
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The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth
24th Annual Love Our Children Luncheon
 
Friday, April 18, 2014
DOWNTOWN DENVER GRAND HYATT HOTEL
1750 Welton Street

Silent Auction: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Lunch and Program:  11:30-1:30 p.m.

Corporate Chair: Don Elliman, Chancellor, The University of Colorado Denver

Master of Ceremonies: Sydney Justin
-Former defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. Lead singer of the Motown Sound Miracles.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Lepsis
-Former University of Colorado Buffs tight end. Played with the Denver Broncos from 1997 – 2007.

Special Guest: Lisa McHale
-Director of Family Relations
-Sports Legacy Institute (concussion research)
-Wife of Tom McHale (deceased) Defensive End for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sponsorships available from $1,500 to $25,000

Corporate Tables $1,500
Patron Tables $1,000
Individual Tickets $100

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Honorees

Daniel Graham – former CU Buff and former Denver Bronco

Denver Broncos Alumni Charity

 

 

For more information, reservations & purchases contact us at 303-337-2515 or info@shaka.org

matt-lepsisMatt Lepsis was living the good life making millions in the National Football League. After struggling with social anxiety issues for years, he was suddenly more outgoing and personable. What happened to Matt is not an unusual scenario. But it was ruining his career and his life.

After suffering a knee injury, Matt found himself struggling with depression and a drug abuse problem. When he real

ized he was spiraling out of contol he made the decision to end his football career at a point when he was at the top of his game. After ten years with the Denver Broncos, Matt Lepsis retired 1n2006.

Matt Lepsis grew up in Frisco, Texas, where he, his wife Shana, and 3 children currenfly reside. Both Matt and Shana attended the University of Colorado whcre he was a tight-end and Shana wzx on the Buffs volleyball

team. Matt graduated from Cu in 19996 with a degree in history. Today he is working on his Masters degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Matt’s athletic career started at Frisco High school where he was All State Offensive and Defensive Line man. Outside of football , Matt was a two time state champion in the discus, ranked second nationally with a throw of 2A4 feet as a high school senior. He played tight end throughout his college career at CU under Coaches McCarurey andNeuheisel.

After tearing his ACL on the opening kickoffof the Senior Bowl, Matt Lepsis went un-drafted in the 1996 NFL draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos and spent his first year on the urjured physically unable to perforrn list. Matt was a member of both the 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos teams. In 1999 he was a starter and held that position until retiring after the 2007 season.