Smiles for Jake is pleased to announce that our organization was selected as a recipient of this fundraiser!

Now in it’s 3rd year, this annual event features dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a special time honoring our active duty service members, veterans, fallen soldiers and their families. This evening appeals to everyone that has a heart for our service members. They’re expecting 500+ attendees this year!

Entertainment at this year’s event includes Wendy Newcomer, # 1 Patsy Cline tribute artist and Grand Ole Opry performer as well as tribute artist Doug Allen Nash as they bring us the music of Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and friends for the evening. Joining Doug and Wendy will be musicians from all over the Midwest that are excited to entertain you with a variety of music.

Why does this event matter? It’s estimated that 22 veterans die by suicide EVERY DAY.

All proceeds will benefit the awareness of veteran mental health and death by suicide through Smiles for Jake and Project New Hope. The event organizers (Carrie Lee and Rebecca Sellnow) remain committed to giving 100% of profits to the nonprofit recipients. In 2019, they raised and gave $20,000+. In 2020 they hope to raise at least $35,000!

How can you help? 

Please consider purchasing a ticket to attend, becoming an event sponsor, or donating an auction item. For details visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Carrie at 218-820-4432 or HonoringFamiliesOfSoldiers@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Smiles for Jake Mission

Smiles for Jake is a suicide prevention movement that spreads positivity through life-affirming actions, listening ears, and the message that everyone should have hope. Born in and spreading from a community that experienced the suicide of a beloved son, our short-term goal is to reduce the suicide rate and our long-term vision is to stomp out suicide worldwide.

Everyone should have hope.

By spreading proactive positivity while lending listening ears, helping hands, and open hearts, we spread the message that no one should have to live in despair and hopelessness.
Every person is loved, valued, and important.

Smiles for Jake Values

Reducing the suicide rate is a goal and a reality that will have a profound effect in the lives of people considering suicide, their family, and their friends.

In everything Smiles for Jake does, we seek to uplift people through positive actions, words, and feelings. We will harness the power of a smile to give hope.

Locally, Smiles for Jake will create a movement in our community, so our community will be known for its hope, its positivity, and its action.

Smiles for Jake’s long-term goal is to stomp out suicide. We will work toward this goal by spreading the message of Smiles for Jake as far and wide as possible, so that even people far beyond our community are touched by our message of hope.

Smiles for Jake Values

Smiles for Jake Influence

People need hope. Smiles for Jake is built on the promise that everyone should have hope—we believe those words, and we plan to spread the hope we feel.

Smiles for Jake exists to prevent suicide by being positive. Our movement will share positive actions like smiles and high fives, while helping people understand they are seen and loved.

Smiles for Jake is powered by people who are passionate about stomping out suicide, people who have been affected by loss and are tireless in their determination to address the problem of suicide head-on.

Suicide is a serious and difficult topic. We do not shy away from the hard conversations—we are honest about the challenges people face because we know that everyone needs to be able to talk about their problems, fear, and despair.

In all things, we show kindness because these are difficult matters and trying times. We know that suicide is an issue that requires tenderness and understanding.