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Ameris Teammates Walk to Raise $20K for Suicide Prevention

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Michael Quirk

Ameris Bank teammates took to the streets, parks and treadmills during the month of May, raising more than $20K for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)!

Dedicated to mental health, the bank’s Minds Matter Employee Resource Group organized “virtual” and in person walks to raise funds and awareness for the AFSP’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Walks took place in Orlando, Fla., Savannah, Ga. and Atlanta, where teammates were joined by friends, family and pets. 

“Life isn’t a perfect story, rather it’s a book of unexpected mental and physical challenges,” said Bill Lutes, Ameris Bank’s market president for Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida and a co-leader of the Minds Matter group. “Mental illness is a challenge many will face in their lifetime. The AFSP supports those in need and can help rewrite those chapters for a better life.”

Minds Matter is one of Ameris Bank’s seven Employee Resource Groups, created to allow teammates to be advocates for causes they care about. The Minds Matter group hosts monthly events and provides resources for teammates to help spread awareness of the importance of mental health.  

The AFSP is a voluntary health organization established in 1987. Its core strategies include funding scientific research, educating the public, advocating for public policies and supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide. To learn more about the AFSP, visit

We are proud of our teammates for their commitment to promoting awareness and raising money for such an important cause!

By: Michael Quirk

Michael Quirk is the communications coordinator for Ameris Bank. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Katy, and their two dogs. He enjoys running, playing fetch with his golden retriever and watching any sports that come across the TV.

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