Advocating Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness
The Hunter Holmes Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization that was established with the aim of raising people’s awareness of teen suicide and its prevention. It is also geared toward mitigating the negative effects of concussions in youth sports.
About Hunter Christian Holmes
Hunter was born on May 18, 2001 in Bend, OR. He was loved and admired by everyone who knew him. Hunter had a unique sense of humor, always coming up with something that would get everyone laughing. He was also known for his smile that can light up an entire room.
Aside from being personable, Hunter was also a gifted athlete. He often made many people’s jaws drop with his smooth golf swing and “stupid far” drives. Formerly a goalie of the Redmond High School (RHS) soccer team, Hunter had been playing with his teammates since he was five years old. They were a close-knit bunch of the best kids, coaches, and families that anyone would enjoy to be with.
Hunter always had good manners and was respectful of everyone. At the surface, everything seemed to be going well with him. Then on December 14, 2017, Thursday, Hunter unexpectedly passed away in Redmond, OR at the age of 16. His silly grin and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
We have been conducting an annual golf tournament in Hunter’s name. The second Annual Hunter Holmes Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 18, 2019 at the Meadow Lakes Golf Course.
Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
All funds are used to help finance, educate, counsel, train, and support the children, their families, and their schools in Central Oregon. The focus is on suicide and on concussions in youth sports. Funds that were raised have gone to:
- A professional video to be shown in all RHS mentor period classes for students to understand what could be happening to other people and to have empathy and kindness
- A scholarship to be awarded each year to two high school seniors
- Speakers on suicide prevention at RHS
- The “Safe Oregon” app installed on all Redmond School District Chromebooks
If you wish to make a contribution, you may do so through Hunter Holmes Memorial Fund at Selco Credit Union, account #608824.