Pixs: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Gala Honoring Kevin Hines and Drew Bergman

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held their annual Lifesaver Gala last month at the Curtis Center in Philadelphia.

AmericanThe American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Nearly $50,000 was raised at the event for the cause.

Evan Solomon, and Lynsie Solomon, co chair and producer of the Lifesaver Gala. Thanks Lynsie for creating an amazing event, including obtaining great items for
the silent auction.

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Shelley Leaphart-Williams, and Garden Logan, co-chair of the Lifesaver Gala

AJ Marsico and Annie McCormick, 6ABC. Annie was the MC for the program

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There was an amazing silent auction, and by amazing I mean it. Lynsie and her committee really obtained unique items

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which brought in nearly $10,000. There were trips, and jewelry, sports experiences, and dinners

Jill Rizen


Nearly 200 people filled the beautiful Cescaphe Curtis Center lobby. Cescaphe created the lovely draping of the room
and table settings.

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Shelley Leaphart-Williams, Dr.Lawrence Real, Jan Evans, Dr.Tami Benton, Catherine Siciliano, Dr.Arthur Evans, and Dr.Guy Diamond, Dr. Pat Gainey

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Denise Fike was on hand to do illustrations

Tita and Khayla Atte



This was a great raffle idea. For $20 you could buy a cork, which you would choose out of a hat. The cork had a number marked on it
and matched up with a bagged bottle of wine, who’s value ran from $10 to $100. Then the bottle was held at the desk until the end of the night when you picked it up, cause dinner included wine. Nearly every bottle was spoken for by the end of the night.

Caryn Hersch, Board member of AFSP and Vickie Nomiddle


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention honored mental health advocates Kevin Hines and Drew Bergman at its annual Save a Life Gala in 2017. With Dr. Pat Gainey, Philadelphia regional director for the American Foundation and Catherine M. Siciliano, AFSP associate Philadelphia area director