2017 was a difficult year, with the hazing and alcohol overdose deaths of Tim Piazza at Penn State, Maxwell Gruver at LSU, Andrew Coffey at Florida State, and Matthew Ellis at Texas State. Four hazing and alcohol overdose deaths is four too many, much less four in one year. We at the Gordie Center are heartbroken for the families and communities impacted, especially as these first holidays without their loved ones are upon us. We remain passionate about educating students nationwide to prevent these tragedies from happening again.
Each hazing and alcohol overdose death reminds us of Gordie. Although Gordie died in 2004, the events of 2017 have proven that alcohol overdose and hazing remain an urgent national concern. Our mission at the Gordie Center is simple: Save a Life. Make the Call. We share Gordie's story through our evidence-informed, student-tested materials and programs on the signs of alcohol overdose and how to help a friend in trouble. We need your help to prevent other families from experiencing the loss that Gordie's, Tim's, Maxwell's, Andrew's, Matthew's, and so many other families have felt.
 
Our 2017 fall publication showcases a few of our supporters, and the aspects of our work that inspire their generosity. What inspires your gif t to the Gordie Center? Students will hear Gordie's lifesaving message because of you. Your support of our work is key to empowering today's young people with the tools they need to discuss hazing, alcohol, and other drugs, intervene in a crisis, and make informed decisions.
 
 
A gift to the Gordie Center helps save lives. Your donation will be used to strengthen our national hazing prevention efforts, including the creation of a toolkit that schools can use to educate and empower their students to prevent hazing and create strong, healthy group bonds through positive experiences. We thank you for your support! Give your tax-deductible donation by midnight tonight to count toward your 2017 tax deductions. Let's work together to make 2018 safer for students nationwide.
 

Until next month,

Susie Bruce,  Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Jill Maurer, National Development & Program Coordinator 
 
Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
gordiecenter@virginia.edu | www.gordie.org
 


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