(as relayed by Kathy Browning of The Cheap Gourmet)
The Cheap Gourmet founder, Kathy Browning, is hosting “Cooking for Colebear” to raise funds and awareness for Out of the Darkness Community Walks hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
”Cooking for Colebear” is a digital recipe booklet provided as a thank you gift to individuals making a donation in any amount to “Team Nicole” through the Out of the Darkness Community Walks website.
Recipes range from stuffed Cornish Game Hens to Green Pepper Steak and Caramel Apple Salad to Brownie Bites with Strawberries and Chocolate Ganache. Each recipe celebrates the life of Nicole “Colebear” Lundy, a young woman who tragically died by suicide on July 5, 2010.
Team Nicole aims to raise $3,000 to help AFSP continue their work to better understand suicide and ways to prevent it. Thus far, Team Nicole has raised $1,787.00 and is now seeking help from food bloggers and organizations to help spread the word so they can reach their fundraising goal.
“Nicole was my daughter’s best friend and like a daughter to our family,” states Browning. “I have many fond memories of cooking for her and as a food blogger it seemed natural to share her favorite recipes with those who support the cause.”
Suicide claims over 36,000 lives each year or one person every 15 minutes. Suicide doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone of any age, gender, or economic stature. It is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults and people over the age of 65.
Suicide has impacted Browning’s life three times. In addition to losing Nicole, she also lost her father and best friend to this tragedy. “I understand the pain that suicide inflicts on loved ones left behind and want to do my part to help others attain the help they need to realize how valuable their life is.”
The “Cooking for Colebear” fundraising event will continue until December 31, 2011. Anyone that makes a donation via “Team Nicole” will receive a complimentary copy of the recipes. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted at Out of the Darkness Community Walks. Additional details of the event are available at The Cheap Gourmet.