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Celebration of Life BBQ


September is Suicide Prevention month and we wanted to give back to those who support our organization. Our 2nd annual BBQ was for our suicide survivors, our HEROs and ZOW families, our donors and supporters. 


Zachary Birkholz, the 14-year old of our founder, died on September 16th, 2018 so our annual BBQ will always be held that weekend, in remembrance of him. 

This event was held at the location of our Project 4114 house giveaway, catering was provided by Mission BBQ and we had over 100 attendees.

Project 4114 is an honorary project in memory of Zachary Birkholz & Caden Fritz. Two beautiful lives lost to suicide. The project will will create an opportunity for community engagement with youth involved in our HERO program. This has proven to build important protective factors to aid in the development of the participants’ mental health while mitigating suicide risk factors. The Winnebago County Trustee Program will be donating one of its Trustee Program properties for the benefit of Marshmallow’s HOPE, whose program participants will be involved in rehabbing the home and ultimately, turning over the keys to a local veteran in need.


Thank you to everyone that has helped and is continuing to help.


To support firefighters and their families, you can purchase coffee from the firefighter-owned and operated FireDepartment Coffee, where a portion of net proceeds go to supporting injured or ill heroes. If you, someone you know, or an organization you’re familiar with are in need of support, you can apply for assistance from the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation.

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