Remembering Miles and Raising Awareness

Miles’ grandfather, Stan, and his parents, Ed and Shari Applebaum

Miles’ grandfather, Stan, and his parents, Ed and Shari Applebaum

A December 23rd snowstorm led to the cancellation of a “Music & Miles Changing Minds Event.” The natural disappointment may have made it hard to anticipate the packed turnout at the Capitol Theater on the rescheduled date of April 8! The event was held in memory of Miles Applebaum and to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention among young adults.

Musicians from the Lagond Music School performing at the Capitol Theater

Musicians from the Lagond Music School performing at the Capitol Theater

After receiving a program and tickets to see Lettuce, hundreds enthusiastically packed a pre-concert reception to enjoy music by the Lagond Music School, a free open bar, delicious food, delectable desserts, raffle prizes and more!

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Philip Satow speaking for the Jed Foundation, and Emcee, Westchester Radio personality Bob Marrone

Shari Applebaum, Miles’ mom, told everyone: “This is a very special moment to celebrate Miles and all the lives that he touched with his strong presence and passion for what he loved most: family, friends, music, nature, creative writing, poetry and the outdoors.”

(L-R): Friends of Miles: Emily Waldman, Kaila Allison, and Nickki Allison

(L-R): Friends of Miles: Emily Waldman, Kaila Allison, and Nickki Allison

Phillip Satow, co-founder with his wife Donna of The Jed Foundation, also spoke. He noted that among 20 million college students, suicide is the leading cause of death, and emphasized that “development of a mental health safety net should be a priority for all higher education institutions.” The Jed Foundation offers resources to college students at their site, an anonymous screening program, and a program to help juniors and seniors make a healthy transition to college.

For more info, please visit: musicandmiles.org and jedfoundation.org.

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