DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two years ago, the inaugural BHB Bash was held at the plant in downtown Dothan, but in 2020, the event had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
The BHB Foundation stands for Blayne Hardy Barfield. Six years ago, the 30-year-old Dothan middle school teacher took her own life.
She left behind her three-year-old daughter and her husband, geneva county engineer Justin Barfield. Justin said the foundation’s mission is “breaking the silence.”
There’s no shame or stigma saying your depressed and that you need help.
“Suicide is real, and it happens far more often than it should because there are outlets out there,” Justin said. “There’s a major stigma for people reaching out for help. They’re trying to fix everything on their own, and there’s nothing wrong with reaching out, and we’re trying to promote that.”
There’ll be three live bands performing at Dothan’s downtown plant as well as inflatables, food trucks, and a silent auction. Proceeds will go toward suicide prevention.
“Blayne was a very strong, independent woman,” Justin said. “A mother of a three-year-old, you know, a great teacher, a great wife, and a great daughter, granddaughter and, you know, just tried to keep everything to herself and not let on to anyone believe that hey, I may be struggling. I might need to reach out.”
The foundation’s guiding principales are “Breaking silence, healing pain, and building hope.
Saturday’s second-annual BHB bash will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the plant in downtown Dothan.
Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 10 and under with each paid ticket are free.