By: Sharon Aron Baron
The tragic loss of one of their fellow Indian Princesses became the inspiration for friends to raise over $11,000 to benefit the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention in her memory.
Gabi Greenberg, 14, was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when she committed suicide in 2013. Her passing profoundly affected the community as well as her Indian Princess family, a father-daughter organization in Parkland that she had been a member of for ten years with her father Marvin as well as her sisters Amanda and Allie.
“We loved Gabi and wanted to do something that might help other teenagers recognize the warning signs and know that help was close by,” said 13-year-old Iroquois member Carly Dempsey.
The YMCA Indian Princess Program is an activity program that promotes strong bonds between fathers and daughters through shared activities such as campouts, monthly meetings, community outings, and individual and group competitions.
“Our girls effort in the planning, and running of the event was inspiring; a selfless act of compassion,” said Iroquois chief Amir Littman.
This was the second annual Family Fun Night. and during the carnival theme event guests participated in outdoor activities including: inflatable slides, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, jousting competition, raffle, silent auction and family-style bar-b-q. Over 300 guests attended the event which lasted well into the evening and ended with a movie under the stars.
The Iroquois tribe is committed to suicide awareness through organizations like F.I.S.P (Florida Initiative for Suicide prevention). Donations can be made to F.I.S.P through their website: WWW.FISPonline.Org. The Indian Princess Program can be contacted through www.SeminoleNation.Org.