County officials support free suicide awareness concert on September 30 – Cache Valley Daily



British-American singer Alex Boyé will headline the free “Ignite the Light” suicide awareness concert at 6 pm on September 30 at the Cache County Fairgrounds.

CACHE COUNTY – County officials here are supporting a local effort to educate the community about the issue of suicide in northern Utah.

With financial support from Cache County Council, the “Ignite the Light” suicide awareness concert featuring Alex Boyé will take place at 6 pm Thursday, September 30 at the Cache County Fairgrounds.

This event is the brainchild of Margaret Gittins, owner of a local business and part-time employee of the Cache County Fairgrounds.

Speaking to members of Cache County Council on September 14, Gittins reminded them that September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. With that in mind, she had set out earlier this month to explore the possibility of hosting a suicide awareness event here in Cache County after learning via social media of a similar themed concert featuring Boyé in Herriman, UT.

“On a whim I sent Alex Boyé a message asking how we could make something similar happen to Logan,” Gittins explained. “He responded almost immediately and gave me the contact details of his manager.

“Since then, we have been in contact several times a day. After that I went to my own social media and expressed that I felt it was necessary for several reasons. “

These “reasons” include the fact that on average more than 600 Utahns die by suicide each year, about one every 13 hours.

Terryl Warner, director of the Cache County Victim Services Office, shares Gittins’ sentiments.

“I believe in 2019 we made 10 suicide death reports,” she explained. “In 2020 that number has increased to 12. So far this year the number (of local suicides) is in the mid-1930s.”

Gittins added that the price of the “Ignite the Light” concert is estimated at $ 40,000, of which $ 25,000 goes to Boyé and his band and the remaining $ 15,000 is needed for sound, lights and other expenses. of production.

She explained that unsolicited donations for the event are pouring in, including $ 5,000 from Gossner Foods.

“We are confident that we can raise all the money for this event,” said Cache County Director David Zook. “But we have to move forward with the planning now… Margaret’s intention here today is just to get a commitment that (the county council) will get her back if that funding doesn’t come through.”

At the request of board member Gordon Zilles, his panel colleagues pledged to cover concert expenses up to $ 25,000 from the county restaurant tax bill in the event of a shortfall in donations or donations. sponsorships needed.

Alex Boyé is an Anglo-American singer, dancer, actor and musician who has resided in Utah for two decades. He is a former member of the European boy band “Awesome” and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Boyé’s professional career has included recording religious and Latter-day Saint music. In recent years he has also built a huge YouTube network performing Africanized versions of popular music including “Let It Go” and “Circle of Life” from the Disney films “Frozen” and “The Lion King” respectively as well as the Taylor Swift hit “Shake It Off”.

Gittins points out that the “Ignite the Light” suicide awareness concert will be presented to the public free of charge.

Food and snacks will be provided by trucks from local vendors.

Gittins also urges attendees to bring blankets and folding chairs to the concert.


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