Our 26th Annual Gala
#BeThe1To Help Save A Life
This year, Vibrant’s 26th Annual Benefit Gala, #BeThe1To Help Save A Life, brought hundreds of business, policy, and mental health leaders to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in Manhattan, in support of mental health and suicide prevention.
Vibrant’s national #BeThe1To campaign champions the message that everyone can take action to help save a life. By empowering individuals with the tools to help people in crisis in their communities, we can support those who are struggling, demonstrate that suicide is not inevitable and build a stronger mental health safety net for all. The 26th Annual Gala celebrated two extraordinary individuals who embody this message of promoting emotional wellbeing and preventing suicide.
Our honoree, Grammy-nominated Def Jam artist Logic, generated international awareness with his hit single, “1-800-273-8255,” named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that is administered by Vibrant. Thanks to heightened public awareness and increased media attention, the Lifeline experienced record call volume, especially after Logic’s performances at the 2017 Video Music Awards and the 2018 Grammys, which included members of the Vibrant staff.
Honoree Kevin J. Danehy, Global Head of Corporate Development at Brookfield and Vibrant Board Member, was celebrated for his nearly quarter of a century commitment to mental health. His leadership, passion, and unwavering vision over the past 22 years — including 13 years as Board Chair of Vibrant (then MHA-NYC) — have transformed the organization, allowing us to expand our life-saving support across the country.
Dinner chairs Jennifer Ashley, Global Head of Human Resources, CBRE; Charles P. Fitzgerald, Senior Managing Partner, V3 Capital Management; and Jerome Levine, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP, helped make the gala our second most successful fundraiser, exceeding our goal and raising over $700,000 in support of Vibrant’s life-changing programs.