The Andrew Wade Friendship Foundation 

Creating a kinder, safer world for young people with mental illness
...and for those who love them


Andy loved music. Playing it. Listening to it. 

Andy's family and friends wanted to do something in honor of his 25th birthday, in February 2012.  In the weeks before, Andy's close friends proposed the idea of a music festival as something he would have loved:  bringing people together through music.  The first Friendship Festival was birthed on February 9, 2012 at The Kingston Cafe in Pasadena, CA. Three music acts performed, as did speakers on the topic of mental illness and suicide prevention. There was good food. There were vendors selling wares along the lines of the theme of celebrating the vital relationships and connections in our lives. It was fun. We sang "Lean on Me". We danced. We raised money. We donated to St. Francis Center in Los Angeles, where Andy had volunteered during his recovery, and where the initial Andy Wade Friendship Fund was created upon his death. It was earmarked to help the young and newly homeless (due to mental illness and/or substance abuse) stabilize their lives.

In February 2014, we held the second Friendship Festival at the Scott Pavilion in Pasadena, CA. This time we celebrated the creation of The Andrew Wade Friendship Foundation as a 501c3 private charity organization. The model was the same. We had fun. We danced. We sang. We learned more about mental illness. We raised money for the Foundation's start up. 

We hope to continue working from this model of sponsoring music festivals: entertaining, educating,  and edifying attendees about mental wellbeing, mental illness, and suicide prevention.  We aim to empower  innovative programs that promote the recovery of young people to full wellbeing after an episode of severe mental illness.