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Local Business Raises Thousands for Suicide Prevention

Photo: Chris Anthes shakes with Linda Duvall after presenting a check to the Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition h/t Keith Howard

(Gillette, Wyo.) Many community organizations have seen cuts this fiscal year not least of which is suicide Prevention Management. Tuesday, Chris and Barb Anthes, owners of Gillette's Dairy Queen, presented the Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition with a check for $3000. It was money raised from donations collected at their restaurant in September, which was National Suicide Prevention Month.

Multiple local businesses pitched in during Suicice Prevention Week -- the first week of September -- including other ice cream parlors like Bear's Treat Time, Cherry Berry, Ice Cream Cafe and Ice Cream Land. When the Anthes were approached about helping, they "went the extra mile," according to CCSPC's Linda Duvall, and raised funds the entire month. 

The Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition uses the funds raised to perform suicide awareness, education, and prevention endeavors in the community.  They also utilize funds raised to aid individuals and families in need of services after a death by suicide has occurred.  

Individuals in need of assistance may contact Father Tom Fiske of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at (307) 682-4296 or Keith Howard of Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming at (307) 696-8029.

Other businesses that partnered with CCSPC during prevention week were Alien Ink, Brothers Coffee, City Brew, Cloud Peak Energy, Family Fun Frontier Center, Felony Ink, Starbucks, Totally Taboo Tattoo, and Walgreens.