A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Kyle Craig

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THE STORY:

In April 2016, Vanderbilt students will host the 6th Annual Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Kyle Craig, a benefit that honors the memory of our brother Marcus Kyle Craig who took his own life in May 2010. The event has raised more than $100,000 for mental health awareness in just five years, with all proceeds going to The Minding Your Mind Foundation. The success of our event is both a testament to the number of lives Kyle was able to touch and a direct result of the tremendous generosity of donors like you. We are asking for your help again so that we can do what Kyle always did best: make the lives of those around him better. Your money will go towards programs and initiatives that educate communities of adolescents and young adults about mental health issues while helping young adults to accept that there is no embarrassment in seeking help and advice about improving one’s mental health. Please help us prevent the loss of another person as special as Kyle by donating now. Thank you, and please read more about Kyle and about our event below.

 

A Little About Kyle: In May 2010, Marcus Kyle Craig tragically took his own life in his hometown of Spring Lake, NJ. Kyle, as friends and family affectionately knew him, had just finished the spring semester of his junior year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to being a member of Beta Theta Pi, Kyle was a dedicated student, belonging to both the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta academic honor societies. Kyle was an accomplished athlete, an avid surfer, a die-hard Cowboys fan, and a talented musician. More than all of these things, Kyle was a great person and a loyal friend, whose huge smile and even bigger personality lit up the world around him. His emphatic approach to life and zest for living was contagious, putting all of those around him instantly at ease. Everyone who Kyle touched has had his or her lives changed for the better. A Celebration of Life’s History: Because of Kyle’s passion for music, the brothers of Beta Theta Pi decided to honor Kyle by bringing State Radio, his favorite band, to play a concert on Vanderbilt’s Alumni Lawn in April 2011. With multiple local Nashville restaurants catering food and more than 1000 tickets sold, the event was a resounding success. We raised over $25,000 for our beneficiary, The Minding Your Mind Foundation, an organization committed to helping adolescents across the country cope with mental health issues like those that Kyle faced. In the following two years, we were able to raise roughly another $45,000 to donate. In 2012, we hosted People Under the Stairs, an LA based hip-hop group, in 2013, we hosted Hooray for Earth, a New York City based rock band. In only its first three years, in 2014 we hosted Nahko and a Medicine for the People, and in 2015 we hosted Barefoot Truth. A Celebration of Life has been recognized on the local and the national level, named Best Philanthropy Hosted by a Fraternity by Vanderbilt University's Office of Greek Life and granted the prestigious John Holt Duncan Service Award by Beta Theta Pi's National Convention. In an effort to continue to keep Kyle’s benevolent spirit alive, we have made A Celebration of Life an annual spring philanthropy.

$18,849

 

94% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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  • Bradley

    $21.38

  • Raul Carvalho

    $21.38

  • Will Panarese

    $25

  • Brandon Preziosi

    $21.38

  • Coles

    $21.38

  • Kathryn Wallace

    $100

  • Beau B

    $200

  • Devon Rosenthal

     

  • Anonymous

    $21.38

  • OD

    $21.38

  • The Macdonalds

     

  • dalia wrocherinsky

    $25

  • Matt Hamel

    $21.38

  • Jason Miller

    $22

  • Peter Bouret

    $22

  • Phil Appelles

    $22

  • Patrick McNamara

    $21.83

  • Clark Gordon

    $21.38

  • Christina Stone (C. Hadley Stone '18)

    $150

  • Preziosi

     

  • Chris Reed

    $21.38

  • DMH

    $25

  • Timothy Stone

     

  • Kappa Alpha Theta

    $800

  • Friends of Beta Theta Pi

    $100

  • The Rolnick Family

    $500

  • Stasia and John Konick

    $25

  • Will Osier

    $25

  • Pam and Matt Panarese

    $250

  • The Hays Family

    $100

  • Brittany Rosenthal

    $10

  • Natalie Brown

    $10

  • Michael Herz

    $50

  • Rose Winters

    $20

  • Rachel Kalichman

    $50

  • Logan Holling

    $10

  • Isabelle Edmunds

    $20

  • Ben Rosales

    $30

  • Jeremy Tarcia

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $800

  • Anonymous

    $800

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • ACOL Bracket

    $420

  • Blair Rolnick

    $500

  • Sheila S.

    $100

  • Marc Kramer

    $100

  • Lili Boyle

    $100

  • Susan Rolnick Knight

    $100

  • Caitlin Koles

    $25

  • Renee Afram

    $50

  • Meagan Maas

    $25

  • Theta Catered Lunch

    $605

  • Beau Ferguson

    $21.38

  • Halim El Hage

    $50

  • Flora Sahlman

    $50

  • Beth Ann Herd

    $21.38

  • Sarah Mahon

    $50

  • scott somerville

    $50

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

    $500

  • LaJobie

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $21.38

  • Ally Morgan

    $100

  • Ari Ades

    $150

  • Piranha's bar and grille

    $1,000

  • Doog

    $50

  • Willingham Family

    $50

  • Andrew Walther

    $21.38

  • Andrea, Chip, Derek and Jordan Craig

    $1,500

  • Julie and Ronnie Stein

    $100

  • Vicki and Andy Bursten

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mackie Anderson

    $100

  • Alex Hughes

     

  • Shuler Black's family

    $100

  • Albany Road Real Estate Partners

    $400

  • Carvalho family

    $100

  • Annie Tewkesbury

    $25

  • Emerson

     

  • Rachel Gilfarb

     

  • The McCallister Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jeff Eichenholz

    $21.38

  • Alan and Amy Pitt

     

  • Brad zucker

    $100

  • Sally Ingham

    $25

  • The Jack Order

    $100

  • M. Benjamin Howe

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Elisha and Larry Selzer

    $50

  • Spencer Price

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Michael Sorrentino

    $100

  • Mara Suvatey

    $50

  • Zanies and Edge

    $80

  • John Hostek

     

  • Evan Plemenos

    $277

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cindy Greenberg

    $550

  • Madison McCoy

     

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Madison McCoy

Madison McCoy

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Cindy Greenberg

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Evan Plemenos

DONATION: $277

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John Hostek

John Hostek

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Zanies and Edge

DONATION: $80

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Michael Sorrentino

Michael Sorrentino

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Mara Suvatey

DONATION: $50

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