Go24ForGarrett'sSpace: A Virtual Livestream Fundraiser For Suicide Prevention
Friday 11:00 AM - Saturday 11:00 AM EDT
Details to come.
Welcome to the second annual 24-hour livestream fundraiser hosted by Garrett’s Space, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention. Like last year’s, we have an incredible lineup of Broadway and local musical performers, poets, rappers, classes taught by leading fitness, meditation and yoga instructors and inspirational speakers who have been touched by suicide and depression. Featured speakers include Senator Debbie Stabenow and Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter Benj Pasek as well as CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod, among many others. You can see a full run-down of the participants and when they'll be featured below. There also is a riveting silent auction with approximately 100 must-have goods, services and other treats donated by generous supporters of Garrett's Space. If you're interested in making a challenge match to our viewers for the fundraiser, please call or text Garrett's Space Executive Director, Scott Halpert, at 734 709-7684 Enjoy the event!!!
⬇︎ Silent Auction: You can see the auction items as they are added to the site here ⬇︎
⬆︎ Silent Auction Link ⬆︎
New Fundraiser Schedule!!! (schedule subject to change)
Friday, September 3rd, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Opening Remarks given by the Halpert family and Mario Sulaksana, the show’s producer and host, and Garrett’s close friend
11:15 AM - 11:20 AM: Speech by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
11:20 AM – 11:25 AM: Musical Performance by Aly and Madeline Halpert, Garrett’s sisters
11:25 AM – 11:30 AM: Presentation by Mark Creekmore, president of the National Alliance for Mental Illness/Washtenaw
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful Lunch Break led by Hannah Kanter, meditation leader
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Yoga Class taught by Kacee Must, Owner and Founder of Citizen Yoga
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Performance by Sonya Major, professional musician and close friend of the Halpert family
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Panel Discussion With Program Leaders of Garrett’s Space Wellness Group
Nick Brdar, Executive director of the Wolverine Support Network and facilitator of Garrett’s Space Support Group With Peers; Nikki Hubbard, yoga instructor, Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and co-facilitator for Garrett’s Space Mood and Movement Group; and Maddie Sabbath, adolescent and child psychology nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital and program facilitator of Garrett’s Space Connect Group.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM: Presentation by Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback who lost his son to suicide
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Yoga Class led by Marly Spieser-Schneider, yoga instructor and co-facilitator of Garrett’s Space Mood and Movement Group
2:30 PM - 2:35 PM: Performance by Brandon Hahn, vocalist and songwriter
2:35 PM - 3:05 PM: Panel Discussion: Young Adults Confronting Mental Health Challenges
3:05 PM - 3:10 PM: Performance by Brandon Hahn, vocalist and songwriter
3:10 PM - 3:20 PM: Presentation by Todd Favorite, Director of University Psychological Clinic at the University of Michigan
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM: Presentation by Grace Martin, representative from the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, University of Michigan Chapter
3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Performance by DeMarius Copes, cast member of the upcoming film Dear Evan Hansen
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM: Performance by Sara Marie Barron, singer and songwriter based in Detroit
3:50 PM - 4:00 PM: Presentation by Judith Warner, author of the new book, And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, and is best known for her 2005 New York Times best-seller, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Presentation by Aaron Baum, high school english teacher and close friend of the Halpert family
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Performance by Aly Halpert, Garrett’s sister, musician, composer and community activist
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Poetry Workshop led by Jeff Kass, teacher at Pioneer High School and Garrett’s poetry instructor
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Performance by Bridget Winder, professional artist, actor and singer
6:00 PM - 6:35 PM: Performance by Brett Fromson, professional musician and close friend of the Halpert family
6:35 PM - 6:50 PM: Performance and interview by Mara Wanna, Detroit based dream pop artist
6:50 PM - 7:15 PM: Performance and Q & A with Abby Govindan, stand-up comedian and suicide attempt survivor
7:15 PM - 7:30 PM: Q & A with Davy Rothbart, best-selling author, Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and creator of Found Magazine
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Order subject to change)
Speech by Abdul El-Sayed, physician, CNN commentator and podcast host
Speech by Benj Pasek, Grammy, Tony and Golden-Globe award winning songwriter
Speech by Andy Lassner, Executive Producer, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Speech and performance by Jo Ellen Pellman, star of the Netflix show, The Prom
Performance by Robert Ariza, Broadway actor and member of the Chicago cast of Hamilton
Speech by a high-level state government representative, with details to be revealed later
Speech by David Axelrod, Senior CNN Political Commentator and chief strategist for former President Barack Obama
Speech by Danny Pino, cast member of the film, Dear Evan Hansen
Performance by Josh Strobl, singer/actor/dancer and a member of the Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen
Speech by Jamie Raskin, Congressman representing Maryland’s eighth district, who lost his son to suicide
Speech by Colton Ryan, who plays Connor Murphy in the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen movie
Speech by Isabella Gomez, a star of the television show, One Day at a Time
8:05 PM - 8:15 PM: Performance by Joseph Serafini, a star of Disney’s High School Musical:The Musical: The Series
8:20 PM - 8:35 PM: Performance by White Bee, Indie-soul singer based out of Detroit
8:35 PM – 9:05 PM: Interview: Mario Sulaksana chats with Constantine Venetopoulos, director and filmmaker, about his film, Draw With Me, which tells about the coming out journey of Brendon Scholl, a college student who identifies as trans, and how art became an outlet for self-expression. Brendon’s aunt, Jennifer Lopez, also appears in the film. The discussion will also include Brendon Scholl, the subject of the film.
Here is the link to view the film:
This film will be accessible for the duration of the fundraiser.
9:05 PM - 9:20 PM: Presentation by John Moe, host of the podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression
9:20 PM - 9:30 PM: Performance by Michael Tocco, Detroit based singer-songwriter
9:30 PM – 9:55 PM: Performance by Kate the Dreamer, songwriter/singer/artist based in Los Angeles
10:00 PM - 10:15 PM: Performance by Gabe Novak,Chicago based composer and songwrite
10:15 PM – 10:35 PM: Performance by Brett and Halle Fromson, close friends of the Halpert family
10:35 PM - 11:50 PM: Sports Talk by Luke Desprez, North American sales analyst and Rivers Upchurch, Production Assistant, UNC Athletics/Go Heels Productions, both close friends of Garrett
11:50 PM – 12:00 AM: Cross Talk: Luke Desprez, Rivers Upchurch, Mario Sulaksana, and Gary Hall, all close friends of Garrett
Saturday, September 4, 2021
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM: Performance by Gary Hall, DJ/Producer/Remixer and close friend of Garrett
1:00 AM - 1:30 AM: Performance by White Bee, Indie-soul singer based out of Detroit
1:30 AM - 2:30 AM: Live painting session with Bridget Winder, professional artist, actor and singer
2:30 AM – 4:30 AM: Performances by Caesar Fukuda, human resources specialist and Mario Sulaksana, both close friends of Garrett
4:30 AM – 5:30 AM: Meditation session led by Darren Austin, close friend of Garrett
5:30 AM- 6:00 AM: Meditation session led by Denise Kozikowski, life coach and meditation leader
6:00 AM – 6:30 AM: Pilates class taught by Sue Prince, Pilates instructor
6:30 AM - 6:45 AM: Q&A with Mike Farrell, New York-based clothing and home furnishing designer
6:45 AM - 7:00 AM: Mystery time with Mario!
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM : Yoga Class taught by Alice Lucas, yoga instructor
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM: Musical performance by Ben Meyers, singer-songwriter
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Fitness Class taught by Karen Kelman, a founder and owner of FUSE 45
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM: Yoga Class taught by Dominique Theophilus, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor
10:20 AM – 10:30 AM: Q&A with Felicia Brabec, Garrett’s Space board member, therapist and a member of the Michigan House of Representatives
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Presentation by Eli Zaret, former Detroit area sportscaster who lost his daughter to suicide
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Closing Remarks by the Halpert family and Mario Sulaksana
Why are we holding this live-stream fundraiser?
Garrett’s Space is raising money for its innovative wellness programming and in support of its vision of creating a holistically focused residential center for struggling young adults ages 18-28.
The Center for Disease Control released two surveys taken during the pandemic showing that one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 seriously considered suicide during the prior 30 days and almost half of the 18-29 year olds surveyed had experienced symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder during the prior week.
Background on Garrett’s Space and our vision for the Center
Garrett’s Space is a non-profit established by Julie and Scott Halpert after they lost their precious son to suicide at the age of 23. Julie and Scott witnessed first-hand the critical gaps in support in our healthcare system for struggling young adults who need something more than regular visits to their therapist.
We’re currently providing a powerful new support option for this population that’s free to participants across much of Michigan in a virtual setting. Our participants meet with trained facilitators each week for a support group with peers, a mood and movement activity and a social catch-up. Through this group, we want them to feel more supported, add critical connections and feel better about themselves and their lives.
We’re also excited to be offering a unique intervention to our participants who are able to nominate several caring people in their lives to be trained by professional staff at the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic on how to support our participants through their difficult periods.
Our vision for our holistically focused residential center is to create a haven for struggling young adults where they can feel safe and supported, establish critical connections and see that they're not alone. We believe this type of place might have helped restore hope for our son, Garrett, and, just as importantly, that he would have been interested in going there for help. We are convinced that the center will benefit many young adults who are having difficulty navigating this increasingly complicated and troubled world.
At the Center, we plan to include individual and group therapy; coping strategies for navigating tricky relationships and an extensive array of holistic activities focused on teaching healthy behaviors and promoting wellness, including meditation, yoga, healthy cooking, art, and music.
The Center will have a non-medical feel and will be located in a place surrounded by nature, amid tranquil woods with walking paths and therapeutic pets. Also, we plan to support our residents after they leave the center during what could be a particularly vulnerable time. With the University of Michigan Depression Center as our partner, our goal is to have the center be a model that can be replicated nationwide.
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