The Beastie Bears are ready to Rock & Row 4 Life! The staff at Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ Hartford & Charter Oak Crossfit are teaming-up on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12-3PM, at the Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ Hartford location, to raise awareness on the increasing need to focus on mental health and suicide prevention in our country, especially as it relates to restaurant industry employees.
Teams will be competing against the other Bear’s locations to see who can row the furthest distance in 3 hours AND raise the most money to benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation’s lifesaving programs! The winning team will have their donations matched by the owners of Bear's and receive a trophy to go along with their bragging rights!
Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ is committed to the Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission of preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and creating a message of hope for young adults. Most of us have been affected by someone in our lives that’s living with a mental health illness. Unfortunately, it’s not until there is a suicide - or an attempted suicide - that the seriousness of the situation is brought to light and talked about. This event is just the beginning for our collective efforts to proactively help people in our industry who are struggling to reach out for help.
In loving memory of Sean Brennan—in rowing we are remembering
This past July, Bear’s lost a member of its family, Sean Brennan, to suicide. When we row on December 7th, we row in memory of Sean.
Our inaugural Rock & Row 4 Life event shows our unwavering commitment to creating a message of hope—you are not alone. There is a community of people - including Bears, JPF, and CrossFit - who will gather together and support you.
Thank you for your donation to this effort. Let’s Rock & Row 4 Life!
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States, 1-800-273-8255. Prefer to text? Text HELLO to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.