Monday, December 11, 2017

A Ray of Sunshine

The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser for suicide awareness and prevention.

The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation recently hosted its second annual “Sunshine at the Park” event at Markham Park, raising more than $40,000 for suicide awareness and prevention. Over 200 people came out to this year’s festival to enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, sand art, yoga and Zumba classes, a karate demonstration and live performances by Hip Hop Kidz. Attendees signed a pledge wall where they wrote down commitments of how they plan to #SpreadTheSunshine and had the opportunity to purchase their own butterfly for a butterfly release.

Dylan Schopp’s life was cut short in 2015 when he committed suicide at the age of 21; the foundation was later formed to help children and young adults in hopes of preventing such tragedies through education and public discussion. Event proceeds went to benefit suicide prevention organizations, including the HOPE Sunshine Clubs operated in partnership with Weston-based Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP). Markham Park is an important location for the Schopp family, because it was one of Dylan’s favorite spots to enjoy time outdoors, jet skiing and mountain biking with his dad. For more information on the event and the foundation, visit