Inaugural A State of Inspiration fundraiser to benefit survivors of suicide loss

Kate Hardy, president, and Amelia Lehto, vice president, of nonprofit Six Feet Over
The Detroit-based nonprofit Six Feet Over is hosting its inaugural A State of Inspiration Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at The Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale.

Proceeds will go towards assisting the survivors of suicide loss by providing financial assistance to cover the expenses of things like clean-up services, funerals and memorials. Funds will also go towards the outreach division of the organization, called Suck It Suicide, which helps prevent suicide, raise awareness and keep people six feet over.”

Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the work of Six Feet Over from the organization's board members, families who have received support from the nonprofit, and speakers, including founder and CEO Kate Hardy.

This event aims to inspire guests to recognize the awesomeness of our state, our communities, its people and the novel approaches to suicide prevention and suicide loss support that Six Feet Over has offered for the past seven years for Michigan residents,” said Hardy.

During the first hour, guests are invited to visit the many small businesses housed within the market. Later, attendees will enjoy a performance by Killer Flamingos, recognized as Best Local Band” by Hour Detroit and WDIV.

Admission to the event, which is sponsored by the design agency Critical Mass, includes a Michigan-themed strolling dinner, a beer and wine bar and reserved seating. There will also be a souvenir photo experience, a digital raffle and more. The dress code is cocktail attire.

Tickets for A State of Inspiration are $150, or $1,200 for a table of eight.

Since it began, Six Feet Over has given more than $75,000 to nearly 30 families in financial distress and emotional turmoil following the suicide of a loved one. This work began as a passion project for Hardy, who lost not only her mom but seven friends to suicide in the last 15 years.

My mom never felt comfortable reaching out, like a lot more people are doing now. She didn’t have a support system around her. It’s no one’s fault; it’s just how things were. But if we can change that for the future, that’s what I want to focus on,” said Hardy.

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