Second Annual Boxfest for Suicide Prevention

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – One family is using their loss to help others.

The second annual “Boxfest” will be held Saturday, October 20th, at the Knights of Columbus in Zanesville. The event is to honor KC “Lunchbox” Barrett who took his own life a few years ago. The Local President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Paul Quinn said the event is organized by the Barrett family and serves to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention.

“KC taught us a lesson that those who need help need to reach out and get it and we need to be attuned to people who might need help,” said Quinn.

Quinn said the day will feature 8 different bands playing from noon to 1 a.m. and there will be vendors,  a silent auction, 50/50, and kids activities. He said along with the vendors and other activities there will be representatives from different agencies providing information on suicide.

“Also persons from local agencies that provide services will be available too, with information or to respond to questions,” said Quinn. “So it’ll be a day of fun, and music, and education.”

Quinn said tickets for the event are $20 and are available at the door. He said the tickets are good for the entire day and all the money raised will go to a memorial fund at the Muskingum County Community Foundation, which is used to help families of those who have taken their own lives.