J. Luce Foundation Announces Bauer Fund on Third Anniversary

New York, N.Y. Three years ago on September 5, 2015, The J. Luce Foundation announced the launch of The Bauer Fund, in honor and memory of Grant Michael Bauer who passed away from an act of suicide in 2014.

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Photo courtesy of the Bauer Family.

The J. Luce Foundation sponsors The Bauer Fund as one of its many initiatives to better humanity. The awards are announced annually on the anniversary of Grant’s passing and are used for promotion, prevention and/or research in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention, mental health issues, and program development for individual with disabilities.

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Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Grant, aged 25, touched the lives of many people during his quarter of a century of life on earth. He was passionate about reading, music, movies, education – and, like his father, the sport of competitive swimming. Those who knew this young man knew he would go the “extra mile” to help a person with a disability, listen to a person in need and pay for others’ meals (even if it was his last dime). Grant graduated from Marietta College in 2012 with a degree in Mass Media.

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Photo courtesy of The Bauer Family.

Dr. Bill Bauer and Mary Ella Bauer, their daughter Maddie Ryser and son-in-law Andrew are proud to announce the 2018 Bauer Fund grantees. The Bauer Fund promotes the use of R.A.K.s (Random Acts of Kindness) throughout the year but is primarily focused on Grant Day (Sept. 5) and Grant Week (Sept. 5-12) which according to the James J. Luce Foundation is now established in his memory.

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The 2018 inaugural awards recipients are:

National: Operation Never Forgotten (ONF)

Operation Never Forgotten is a national non-profit volunteer organization supporting health and well-being of post 9/11 wounded veterans, caregivers, gold star families.  and deployed troops. ONF creates awareness campaigns to remind the American public of the value of embracing the veteran community and is dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of those who have sacrificed to defend our freedoms.

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More than half of the 2.6 million men and women who served in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) struggle with physical or invisible injuries. OEF/OIF warriors contribute to the 22 veteran suicides daily. Veteran suicide is on the rise, ONF addresses the battle military families face and discusses the stigma associated with the invisible wounds preventing veterans from asking for help.

Regional: Disability Rights of Ohio

Disability Rights of Ohio is a non-profit with the mission is to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. In October 2012, Disability Rights of Ohio replaced Ohio Legal Rights Services as Ohio’s Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program. It is governed by a Board of Directors primarily consisting of people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.

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Striving toward a society in which people with disabilities enjoy the rights and opportunities of all people is the vision of Disability Rights of Ohio. Legal advocacy for self-direction, access to needed services and supports, and freedom from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination is provided by the organization. Disability Rights of Ohio is also a federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI).

2017 Bauer Fund Award Recipients

  • TEEN LINE Suicide Prevention, a network providing a safe, confidential place to talk things out with another teen who can understand and will listen but not judge.
  • The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County: Local Outreach for Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) is a local initiative and a vital resource for postvention support and referrals for the county.
  • Luce Fellow Neil Tournoux, a recent graduate working in psychiatric nursing and is currently pursuing a degree in Geriatric Psychiatry and works at Yale.

2016 Bauer Fund Award Recipients

  •  The Fountain House: The organization successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually.
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Learning About Addiction (MOVLAA): Initiated in 2016 as a result of the rising opiate and heroin epidemic in the area, the MOVLAA has two distinct goals: To gather and disseminate quality information about local addiction resources and services and to bring addiction awareness to the Mid-Ohio Valley through community outreach.
  • Luce Fellow Brendan Adkinson, a Marietta College graduate majored in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Spanish. Adkinson has been positioned at Yale University School of Medicine where he has carried out research based on the combination of task-based, resting-state, and pharmacological functional neuroimaging, as well as computational modeling approaches, in order to mechanistically understand neural circuit dysfunction in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Donations to The Bauer Fund may be made by check or online through the J. Luce Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit at 540 Main St., #418, New York, N.Y., or tinyurl.com/k7qa4wj, note The Bauer Fund.

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