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Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention Center Taking Place Saturday at Bar 43

Last year’s fundraiser at Bar 43 (Ty Sullivan)

April 17, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A fundraiser that will raise money for a local suicide awareness and prevention center will take place at Bar 43 on Saturday.

The event will begin at 5 pm at the bar, located at 43-06 43rd St., and features team trivia, raffles, and basket prize giveaways with goodies from local Sunnyside businesses. A suggested donation of $20 will get attendees a complimentary drink, a raffle ticket, and an arm band for happy hour prices on select drinks.

The funds raised that night will go to Solace House, a suicide prevention center founded in Long Island City three years ago as the Pieta House. The group is gearing up for their Solace Sunrise Walk, which will take place in May at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Ty Sullivan, the event organizer for the second year in a row, said he hopes to see the same success the fundraiser had last year, where $8,000 was raised in just over three hours.

“There’s one goal, and that is to bring awareness for suicide prevention,” Sullivan said.

The fundraiser, he says, showcases the best of Sunnyside.

“Sunnyside really is about community,” he said. “This event once again proves that.”

For reservations, call 718-361-3090 or email [email protected]. For updates on the fundraiser, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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I applaud the effort, but…seriously? Suicide prevention fundraiser at a bar? Where they sell consumables that specifically exacerbate depression and suicidal thoughts?

Understandable from a money-raising perspective, of course. No question people spend money at bars and are likely to give more after some time at one.

If the money is so needed, I cannot find honest fault, as this is very worthy a cause.

But it still does seem a bit in poor taste.


Woman just committed suicide on 36th Street and 47th Ave This morning around 845am Supposed shot herself …… Sad hope your function helps someone !!!!!


There’s little difference of note, given that a human life was ended.

But I did also get the impression from that comment that this happened in public, which one would expect to have heard about.


Can’t tell if that’s an honest complaint or someone trying (and failing) to be funny.

Hope it’s neither. The former is terrible. The latter is also terrible, with added hints of rudeness, irrational hatred and not just a little bit of fearful self-doubt – an unpleasant bouquet.


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