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Jordan Porco Foundation’s 6th Annual Jordan’s Journey Gala

Connecticut, U.S. – January 18, 2017 – The theme for this year’s Jordan’s Journey 2017 Gala is Extending the Hand of Hope. It will take place at the Premier Ballroom of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). Their mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults.


This year marks the 6th year of Jordan’s Journey Gala. The event will feature Masters of Ceremonies, Mark “The Shark” and Renee DiNino, of iHeart Radio, an awards ceremony, a performance by the Hartford City Ballet, and a live and silent auction. The Perfect Promotion of West Hartford, CT will sponsor the evening’s keynote speaker—Kevin Hines. Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. He dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope.


“It is okay to not be okay. But, it’s not okay to not ask for help,” says Hines whose story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.


The numbers are daunting but progress can be made—and is being made—to save lives. They’ve experienced incredible growth, expanding Fresh Check Day to a national reach that includes 14 states, with 58 events in 2016. Currently, they have signed-on 83 schools in 26 states, plus the District of Columbia, and counting. In 2017, they are working towards increasing the number of Fresh Check Days to 140, to reach more students.


The Jordan Porco Foundation invites you to attend this year’s gala for an evening inspired by hope, celebrating the growth of their programs, all made possible by the generosity of their supporters.


“By extending the hand of hope – together – we create a greater opportunity to reach more young adults with our message of hope. We all need to start the mental health conversation, and keep it going. Mental health needs a voice: you are that voice. We are that voice,” according to Marisa Giarnella-Porco and Ernie Porco who founded the Jordan Porco Foundation in 2011.


You can support the lifesaving programs of the Jordan Porco Foundation; by sponsoring Jordan’s Journey, being a table captain, purchasing gala tickets, making a donation for the live or silent auction, making a donation, or volunteering. Visit their website to get tickets, book your hotel room, pre-register for the silent auction, and more.


Their suicide prevention programs

Fresh Check Day is their signature program. They work closely with colleges and universities to plan celebratory fair-like events in an effort to bring awareness to mental health resources and coping strategies available.


Nine out of Ten is an ambassador program that empowers college students to be a hopeful voice for suicide prevention and promote a mental health movement on campus. Through student-led innovation and a multitude of approaches, Nine out of Ten student ambassadors engage in year-round advocacy and awareness activities to spread the message of Nine out of Ten: Be aware, speak up, reach out, and #helpsomeone.

With the demand for preparatory programming at the high school level, JPF is developing and piloting 4 What’s Next, our student-driven primary prevention program to help high school students develop positive coping skills and enhance protective factors in preparation for life beyond high school.

About the Jordan Porco Foundation

The Jordan Porco Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Their mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs on college campuses. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. They’ve received multiple testimonies that prove their work is saving young adult lives. Most people are surprised to learn that suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15-24. Suicide rates are at their highest in 30 years. Prevention programs like theirs need your support more than ever.


Learn more

Visit We’re in it for life™, you can be, too. Follow the Jordan Porco Foundation on social media: Twitter - @JMPMF | Facebook & LinkedIn - Jordan Porco Foundation.



Rachel Papke | 860.904.6041 |

Marisa Giarnella-Porco | 860.904.6041 |