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The Keith Milano Memorial Fund and Online Auction and Author Takeover Event

Posted on 1 May, 2015 by in Charity Awareness, Giveaways, Keith Milano Memorial Fund / 3 comments

Keith Milano book picture 2015

An amazing group of authors have agreed to donate a portion of their May 2015 books sales to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Personal Message from Denise Milano Sprung: My brother was bipolar and died by suicide. In the past 10 years, I have said those words more times than I can reminder. I have had a wide range of emotions run through me as those words left my lips, but of all the emotions I never felt shame or embarrassment. Keith was sick, bipolar disorder is a disease of the brain; one that we know so little about.

When Keith passed away, I vowed he wouldn’t go quietly. It is with the humbling support of others that we push back against the stigma associated with mental illness and raise funds to help us better understand the brain.

Below you will find a list of authors who have generously agreed to donate a portion of May sales to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. This month will also have an amazing author takeover and online auction we hope you will take part in.

There are no words to express my gratitude for all those who make this event possible but I am going to try….
To my husband who has stood strong next to me, who has fought for Keith when I couldn’t and who has championed Keith’s memory as if he were his own blood. I love you.

Shh…to Christine, my friend and blog partner, thank you for all you do and for taking this journey with me. I am so proud of what we have built.

To the participating authors –  your involvement in this event, your words of encouragement and you reaching into your pockets to help this cause will forever be a part of my soul.

To the bloggers sharing the event details thank you! The power of grassroots shines though.

Thank you Hang and Donna for the wonderful graphics.

To Kendall, Kari, Kat and the ladies who stepped up to create and plan the takeover. I am so touched by your drive and hard work to make this year even bigger.

To the readers….every 1-click means so much! Thank you for supporting this event and the authors who agreed to take part in it.

Finally thank you to all those who have used this event to share a story. By having the courage to speak up, you reduce the stigma.

My hope is that after reading this post after seeing the outpouring of support that more people will speak openly about how mental illness has touched them and those they love.

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness.  Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma.
If anyone wishes to make a direct donation to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund they can do that HERE.
Our goal is to raise awareness about mental illness and to get people talking…..
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24; the US loses 22 Vets a day to suicide, more than they lose in combat; there is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes. These statistics are scary but together we can work to make a difference!
Here is a list of the participating authors and books:
Author Book(s) Amazon Buy Link
Alison Bailey The “Perfect” Series Boxed Set
Past Imperfect (Perfect Series Book 2) 
Amy Harmon The Song of David (preorder live May 11th)
Amy Lane Chase in Shadows
Ann Lister Fall For Me (The Rock Gods Book 1)
Take What You Want (The Rock Gods Book 2)
Make You Mine (The Rock Gods Book 3)
Looking At Forever  (The Rock Gods Book 4)
Meant for Me (The Rock Gods Book 5)
Anthology – Kindle Alexander  Toni Aleo, Sawyer Bennett, Chelle Bliss, Eden Butler, Brenda Rothert The Night Shift – Dirty Things Happen in the Dark
Andria Large At War
Beverly Preston Surviving Broken
Brenda Rothert Killian 
Deep Down
Cassia Leo The Story of Us Series –  The Way We Fall (book 1)
The Way we Break (book 2)  releasing in May
Cardeno C Jumping In
Claudia Connor Worth the Risk
Chelle Bliss Throttle Me
Emily Snow and  Avonlea Cole Bad Advice
Faith Gibson Rafael (Stone Society Book 1)
Gregor  (Stone Society Book 2)
Dante (Stone Society Book 3)  (releasing the end of May)
Felice Stevens A Walk Through Fire (Through Hell and Back book 1)
 After the Fire (Through Hell and Back book 2)
Embrace the Fire  (Through Hell and Back book 3) releasing in May 
Ginger Scott Wild Reckless
Harper Sloan Corps Security Series
Unexpected Fate
Bleeding Love (possible May release)
Holly Roberts The Completion Series: Play
Ilsa Madden Mills Very Wicked Beginnings
Julie Jaret Perspectives series Extreme Close-Up
K Bromberg Fueled
Katy Evans Real  (The REAL series Book 1)
Mine (The REAL series Book 2)
Remy (The REAL series Book 3)
Rogue ((The REAL series Book 4)
Ripped  (The REAL series Book 5)
Kelly Jamieson Loving Maddie from A to Z
Lainey Reese A Table for Three
Damaged Goods
Innocence Defied
Embracing the Fall
Guarding Nadia
Lauren Blakely 21 Stolen Kisses
No Regrets Trilogy: The Thrill of It, The Start of Us, Every Second With You
Seductive Nights: The Complete Julia and Clay Collection
Tangled Up in Love Boxed Set
Burn for Me (Fighting Fire, #1)
Melt for Him (Flighting Fire #2)
Stars in Their Eyes
Lisa Eugene Grayson
ME Carter Change of Hart
Melissa Collins On Solid Ground
Michelle Lynn Love Me Back
Nicole Edwards A Million Tiny Pieces
Unhinged writing as Timberlyn Scott
Unraveling writing as Timberlyn Scott
Chaos writing as Timberlyn Scott
Nina Levine The Storm MC series – Storm
Rebecca Brooke Letters Home
Raine Miller Rare and Precious Things
RK Lilley Bad Things 
Sandra Owens Someone Like Her
Samantha Young On  Dublin Street
Samantha Towle Trouble
Sawyer Bennett Clash  (Cal and Macy #1)
Grind   (Cal and Macy #2)
Yield   (Cal and Macy #3)
 On the Rocks (Last Call, #1) 
 Make It a Double (Last Call, #2)
 Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3) 
 With a Twist (Last Call, #4) 
 Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call, #5) 
Legal Affairs Boxed Set (Legal Affairs #1-6)
Confessions of a Litigation God (Legal Affairs #7) 
Off Sides (Off #1)
Off Limits (Off #2) 
Off the Record (Off #3) 
Off the Course (Off #4) 
Off Chance (Off #5)
Off Season (Off #6)
Scott Hildreth Baby Girl I Ruined (Erik Ead Trilogy Book 1)
Baby Girl II Owned (Erik Ead Trilogy Book 2)
Baby Girl III Loved (Erik Ead Trilogy Book 3)
SJD Peterson Pup  (Guards of Folsom #1)
Tag Team  (Guards of Folsom #2)
Pony (Guards of Folsom #3 )
Roped  (Guards of Folsom #4)
Beyond Duty
Mauled (Beyond Duty #2)
Rival Within
Plan B
Masters and Boyd
Always MJ
 Lorcan’s Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch, #1)
Quinn’s Need (Whispering Pines Ranch, #2)
Ty’s Obession (Whispering Pines Ranch #3)
 Conner’s Courage (Whispering Pines Ranch, #4)
Jess’s Journey (Whispering Pines Ranch, #5)
Splintered (Splintered #1)
Stacy Borel Hitchhiker
Susan Mac Nicol Men of London series Love You Senseless
Sight and Sinners
Tina Reber Jacked
Violet Duke Can’t Resist Series: Resisting the Bad Boy
Falling for the Good Guy
Choosing the Right Man
Finding the Right Girl
Nice Girl to Love: Trilogy boxed set
This year the event will also include an online auction and author takeover over 4 amazing days!! We hope that you will join us for not only some great auction items but to have an opportunity to speak with participating authors during an epic author take over event.
The Keith Milano Auction Event Banner
Please join us on Facebook HERE 
In addition to all of these great things, thanks to the amazing design skills of author SJD Peterson, we also have custom t-shirt for sale, which part of the sales will also benefit the Keith Milano Memorial Fund.
The Keith Milano t-shirt back The Keith Milano t-shirt front
Fund information:
Keith Milano Memorial Fund
140 Adams Ave Suite B-12
Hauppauge NY 11788
direct donation
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Donations at the end of the May Mental Awareness Event will be made by the authors directly to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP. Keith’s fund is a self-directed memorial fund. 100% of the money is spent on programs and research programs selected by the Milano / Sprung family
For examples of programs:
AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.
AFSP is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329. AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545.
All donations to AFSP are tax deductible.

3 Responses to “The Keith Milano Memorial Fund and Online Auction and Author Takeover Event”

  1. Staci Pope

    I have been wanting to read Grayson by Lisa Eugene, but had not bought it. This was the perfect opportunity to buy a book I wanted and to help a most worthy organization.

  2. mcentmel

    great–used this to make my to order list this month
    Great cause– #1click4charity

  3. Sonia F.

    What a great cause…one that’s very near and dear to my heart. I’ve lost 1 family member and 3 friends to suicide. I’m excited to participate in this event and look forward to future ones! Thank you for bringing attention to this often overlooked cause. #mentalhealthmatters

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