Foundation 45’s History: Music, Tragedy, Community
(Left to Right) Frankie Campagna, Adam Carter & Anthony Delabano.
We are a non-profit sparked by tragedy. We’re here in memory of Frankie and Adam of Spector 45. Spector 45 was a band on its way to the top, after 9 years of playing music they found themselves at the top of their game-receiving local awards and filling venues for performances. But success is no match for internal struggle. After playing a show on New Year’s Eve, Frankie decided it was time to take his life. His death caused a ripple of despair in the local community that was only amplified a few short months later when Adam chose to take his life.
We Went Searching for Reasons
We are here in honor of Frankie, Adam and the dozens more of artists, musicians and creative souls the arts community has lost to suicide. Like Frankie and Adam, Foundation 45 recognizes that musicians, artists and creative types are often at a higher risk for issues with mental health and addiction.
This isn’t just a story, these people were our friends, loved ones and role models.
In an attempt to find meaning in personal losses and provide the resources our community needs, Foundation 45 is focused on providing help for anyone suffering from mental illness, depression and addiction, as well as those whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Our goal is to stand up against and bring an end to these needless deaths.
The Mission of Foundation 45
Suicide affects more than just a neighborhood. Suicide affects more than just the music and arts community. Suicide affects us all. And its impact isn’t felt just locally, it is felt across the world. It is the goal and aim of Foundation 45 to start a conversation and to support people struggling with suicidal thoughts and mental illness as well as those struggling with the collateral damage of losing a loved one to suicide.
That’s the question everyone asks themselves, be they struggling with suicidal thoughts or confronting the loss of a loved one. The road to that hardest of moments has many paths: anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, and more. Those in the creative world (musicians, artists, etc.) struggle with it, too. Possibly more. And many of them don’t have access to the resources for mental health many of us do. In addition, many creatives hold on to their darkness for fear that healing will make their art fade.
We’ll never tell you we can stop suicide, but we won’t stop until we arm the Dallas Arts Community with as many tools in the quest for mental health as we can. We want to Break Stigma, Promote Living, and Foster Creativity.