Suicide Awareness Event a Success

Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy John speaking at last week's event

Two years ago, Taylor John, the son of former Yankees pitcher Tommy John, took his own life after suffering from depression. The devastating event was a call to action for Tommy who now advocates for suicide understanding and prevention.

On Wednesday, October 3 local resident and owner of Vision Tech Promotions, Elisa Taylor organized a fund raising event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support Tommy.

Over 100 people were invited to the event held at the Montebello Mansion in Suffern, which is now the headquarters of Garry Goldberg Financial Services. Guests were treated to a night of food, and music at the mansion.

Guests on the terrace at the Montebello Mansion

Some of Rockland County’s best restaurants provided food for the event, including the Italian food of Marcello’s in downtown Suffern. A silent auction was also held where guests could bid on exclusive baseball memorabilia. The night included a guest appearance by former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker.

Taylor, who also is a Rockland County Times contributor, said she hopes, with the help of the event’s sponsors, to make this fundraiser a regular event.


(L to R) Gary Goldberg of Gary Goldberg Financial Services, Ryan Mack, a financial analyst with the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Tommy John, former Yankees Pitcher, Elisa Taylor of Vision Tech Promotions, John Rocker, former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, and Phil Goldstein of Goldstein Lieberman & Company.