• Over 30,000 suicide deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Colorado has the 6th highest suicide rate
  • Colorado Springs has the 2nd highest rate of any major metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Second leading cause of death fro adolescents in Colorado
  • More People in Colorado die from suicide than car accidents, influenza and homicides COMBINED

We always feel blessed when volunteers step up and go the extra mile.  This morning one of our very special volunteers who always went the extra mile, Dy Austin, passed away.  Dy Austin helped start the SHAKA I.C.E ice skating development program,  Miss Dy, as she was affectionately called by the kids in the SHAKA I.C.E. program, was a lover of all kids.  She pushed them to excellence and all who crossed her path have become better citizens in many ways from the lessons she taught.  Some complained about her methods, as her passion was so intense, but you always knew she cared.  Dy Austin was a trooper who pushed passed adversity and challenges in her own life and in the lives of those she touched.  She developed some incredible and awesome figure skaters some of whom have gone on to great heights.   She was funny, smart, could make you a dress or skating outfit in an hour, plant your garden, heal you with her herbal tinctures, creams or supplements – she had a remedy for everything that ailed you.  THE SHAKA FRANKLIN FOUNDATION WILL MISS DY AUSTIN!

When? Friday, April 29th – Luncheon from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. – Silent Auction from 10a.m.-12p.m.
Where? Renaissance Hotel: 3801 Quebec StreetDenver, CO

 

We would love to have you at our largest event of the year!

As a non profit organization in Denver Colorado we depend a lot on donations and revenue from our fundraisers to keep our cause going. Our main focuses are youth suicide and self destructive behavior prevention and intervention, depression and education. On April 29th we are going to have our largest fundraiser of the year and we want you to be a part of it. the youth of Colorado depends on your participation!

 

What does our biggest event look like?

Go here to View pictures from our 2010 Love our Children Luncheon

What’s so special about this one?

Special guest Susan Stafford

Susan Stafford (original hostess of “Wheel Of Fortune”) will be attending and promoting her new book, “Stop The Wheel, I Want To Get Off!”. Susan was the considered the First Lady of daytime television and was the first woman ever nominated for an Emmy on a game show. She has also devoted her time to philanthropy. Most notably serving on the Emergency Response Teams for both the Columbine and Virginia Tech school shootings.

 

 

Electrifying entertainment by Maestro Hughes

Born in Denver, Colorado, twenty-six year old violinist and producer, Jeffrey Hughes, combines classical violin, soul, funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to create a unique and original sound. Driven by his twenty-two-year study of classical violin, Maestro seeks to expand the versatility of the violin and diversify its audience…

 

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When? Friday, April 29th – Luncheon from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. – Silent Auction from 10a.m.-12p.m.
Where? Renaissance Hotel: 3801 Quebec StreetDenver, CO
Why? To support the programs & projects of The Shaka Franklin Foundation forYouth
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Today there is so much concern & awareness about the future of our planet.  Not a day goes by that there is not something in the news media about being conciuos of how we conserve energy, water, natural resources and the disposal of waste.

On August 14th The Shaka Franklin Foundation, R2 Stewardship Electronic Recycling and Urban Survival Fitness will present Conscious” – the First Annual Community Wellness and Recycling event at Shaka’s Place Youth Technology Center, 5929 E. 38th Ave. in Denver.

Recycling is the process of taking a produc at the end of its usefull life and using all or part of it to make another product.  Recycling is a simple process we can all engage in to help the environment and help preserve natural resources. Continue reading