Purple Butterfly Gala Raising Awareness Of Depression In Teens


Jasmine McMullen tragically lost her battle with depression in May 2018 at only 22 years old. In the year since, Jasmine’s mother Felicia Hayes has committed to raising awareness for those suffering from mental illness and giving a voice to those who may not be able to speak up.

Felicia describes her daughter as a charming and caring young woman. Even though Jasmine was struggling, no one could tell because she was always there for anyone who needed her.

“She was always quiet. So I would always say ‘well Jasmine’s shy,’” Felicia said. “She had friends, she was loved by everyone.”

To keep Jasmine’s spirit and memory alive, a fund has been set up in her honor. My Special Angel Jasmine Fund is hosting the Purple Butterfly Gala, coming up on July 12.

This benefit is to raise money for the fund and any proceeds will go toward those who are battling depression or other mental illnesses to get counseling or meet with a mentor. My Special Angel Jasmine Fund was created to assist individuals struggling with mental illness with a focus on minorities, as well as to bring awareness and education to the community.

“I may have lost Jasmine but there’s more kids out there who I want to save with Jasmine’s fund. I want to be that mother coming out into the light with a voice to raise money to help another child live. Depression is real … it’s a silent killer,” Felicia said.

The Purple Butterfly Gala is set for July 12 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Wysockis Manor in Cicero. Tickets are $75 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorship tiers range from Bronze ($250) to Platinum ($2,500) and include event signage and tickets.

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit UpstateFoundation.org.

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