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Canandaigua American Legion raises money to support veteran suicide awareness and prevention

The Canandaigua American Legion Post 256 far surpassed the fundraising goal for its Challenge 22 event held back in May.

The event was co-sponsored by the Memorial Day Detatchment 468 of the Marine Corps League. It was held to support veteran suicide awareness and prevention.

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Organizers set a goal of $22,000 to raise during the six-hour event, but ended up raising a total of $54,000.

The money raised would be distributed to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Warrior Salute, Equicenter and Marine Corps Coordinating Council, according to Daily Messenger.

The number ’22’ in the challenge name represents how many veterans and service people die by suicide each day in the U.S., organizers told the publication.

Dave Brisbane, commandant of the Memorial Day Detatchment 468, said they’d like that number to be zero.

The involved organizations are hoping to bring on more groups to help with next year’s event.