'Building Bridges for Brianna' to raise funds for suicide prevention

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

A second annual suicide awareness and prevention event in honor of a young woman who killed herself in 2020 is planned this June.

Building Bridges for Brianna will be held June 25 in Dallastown. The goal: to let children who are struggling know they're not alone.

"Our fundraiser . . . was organized by her father Matt Dorgan as a way of honoring Brianna and hopefully helping others along the way," according to the group organizing the event.

Brianna had tried to end her life once before but, even after the teen got medical help, it still wasn't enough. Dorgan, a former police officer, started the event to share her story — in the hope that it will help save others.

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Matt Dorgan of Dallastown shows his favorite portrait of his daughter, Brianna, 15, at Lion's Park in the borough Monday, June 21, 2021. He lost her to suicide last December. Dorgan is working with the nonprofit, Families Renewed, to host the fundraiser "Building Bridges for Brianna" on June 26 at the park. The event will raise awareness for mental health issues. Bill Kalina photo

The event will be held at Lion's Park, 541 Lions Drive,Dallastown from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It includes food trucks, live music, raffles, motorcycle and jeep memorial ride, kid activities, law enforcement demos, vendors, and mental health awareness vendors.

All funds raised will go towards the Brianna Dorgan Memorial Fund, which helps fund suicide prevention efforts.

"It can't be a taboo topic anymore," Dorgan told The York Dispatch last year. "It needs to be out there. People need to know it's OK to have those feelings and just what do we do with those feelings."

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For more information on the event and the Brianna Dorgan Memorial Fund, call Matt Dorgan at 717-858-3242 or email matt@buildingbridgesforbrianna.com.

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.