Ann Arbor Suicide Prevention Nonprofit Hosts 24-Hour Virtual Fundraiser

ANN ARBOR, MI — An Ann Arbor-based nonprofit will seek to educate, inspire and entertain at an upcoming live fundraising event.

Garrett’s Space, an Ann Arbor-based suicide prevention nonprofit, is hosting Go24forGarrett’sSpace, a 24-hour live fundraiser on 9/11.

The live lineup is filled with musical performances, presentations from inspirational speakers affected by suicide, and yoga, fitness, and meditation classes.

Garrett’s Space was founded by Julie and Scott Halpert in 2017 when they lost their son Garrett to suicide at the age of 23. young adults aged 18 to 28 with significant mental health issues.

Last year, the event raised $118,000. The objective this year is to double this amount, according to the organizers.

“Go24forGarrett’sSpace is an opportunity to shine a light on the serious impact of suicide and mental health issues on our community,” Julie Halpert said in a press release. “Today, more than ever, there is a tremendous need for Garrett’s Space and the services we provide. We are delighted to welcome well-known personalities and celebrities to our 24-hour livestream event for a exciting day of performances and entertainment.

Garrett’s Space plans to make its residential program and center models replicable on a national scale. The 24-hour live broadcast will feature guest segments from accomplished artists and politicians from Broadway and television, including:

● Jo Ellen Pellman, star of the Netflix show “The Prom”

● Ben Ahlers, a star of “The Gilded Age”

● Christopher and Erik Ewers, director of the Ken Burns film, “Hiding in Plain Sight”

● Patrick Kennedy, leading mental health advocate

● US Representative Jamie Raskin

● Michigan Senator Gary Peters

Garrett’s Space currently offers a support option for struggling young adults through its Wellness Group, where young adults virtually participate in peer support group and movement, breathing and mindfulness activities. awareness.

“In seeking treatment for Garrett, we have witnessed first-hand the critical gaps in our healthcare system’s support for struggling young adults who need something more than regular visits to their therapist but are not not actively suicidal,” Scott Halpert said. “We believe that the services we strive to provide may have helped bring hope to our son, and we want to give that hope to young people who are struggling today.”

Join Go24forGarrett’s Space online anytime from 11 a.m. September 11 to 11 a.m. September 12 for the 24-hour live virtual fundraiser. Visit the Garrett’s Space website for more information, or join the livestream here.

Garrett’s Space will also benefit from another upcoming event, Yoga at the Big House, where 1,000 people will practice yoga together on August 6 on the grounds of Michigan Stadium. The event is organized by Kacee Must of Citizen Yoga, with a quarter of the proceeds from the event going to Garrett’s Space. The event is sold out.

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