AFSP Announces 26th Annual Lifesavers Dinner Award Honorees

Foundation to Honor Tregg Duerson, Arnold Fisher, Samsung Life Insurance, Drs. Guy S. Diamond and Gary M. Diamond at May 22 Event in New York City; Gabrielle Anwar will serve as the evening’s host


AFSP Announces 26th Annual Lifesavers Dinner Award Honorees

AFSP is pleased to announce this year’s dinner chair and the distinguished group of honorees who will be recognized at the Foundation’s 26th Annual Lifesavers Dinner.

The event will be held May 22 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and will be chaired by Steven J. Romano, M.D. Senior Vice President, Head, Medicines Development Group, Primary Care and Specialty Care Business Units at Pfizer, Inc. 

Gabrielle Anwar will serve as the evening’s host. Gabrielle is known for her performances in The Tudors, Scent of a Woman, and Burn Notice

The 2014 Lifesavers Award honorees are:

Survivor of Suicide Loss Award

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Tregg Duerson

Tregg Duerson will be presented with AFSP’s Survivor of Suicide Loss Award. Inspired by his father, two time Super Bowl Champion, Dave Duerson, who died by suicide, Tregg has become an advocate for concussion safety and suicide prevention. Tregg re-established his father's foundation, The Dave Duerson Foundation, to provide concussion diagnostic tests to disadvantaged communities.

In addition to his work with the Dave Duerson Foundation, Tregg is passionate about volunteering with Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI).  Tregg serves as the spokesperson for MHAI's suicide prevention campaign called It Only Takes One. The It Only Takes One campaign was developed to create an Illinois where no one is touched by suicide. The campaign aims to reduce the stigma of suicide and increase the public's awareness that mental health care is a critical part of health care and a person's overall well-being.

Humanitarian Award

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Arnold Fisher

Arnold Fisher will accept AFSP’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of his efforts to treat the invisible wounds of war, including his work with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and for raising public awareness about TBI and PTSD. By establishing the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and Satellite Centers, Mr. Fisher has provided our troops with state of the art brain injury centers to seek help and treatment for their invisible wounds. NICoE will help leading doctors and scientists expand care and research new ways to treat these injuries, benefitting countless people throughout our country who suffer from brain illnesses and need treatment. Mr. Fisher has brought a new level of national attention to this critically important issue, which will save lives both within and outside the Military.

Corporate Award

Bridge of Life

Bridge of Life

AFSP’s Corporate Award will be given to Samsung Life Insurance for their efforts in preventing suicides on the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea.

Their work to turn the Mapo Bridge, the site of many suicides, into the “Bridge of Life” is truly inspiring. By modifying the guardrails and installing sensor-activated messages of hope, they have dramatically decreased the rate of suicide on the bridge. The messages are comforting and instill hope to those that may feel that all hope is lost. The City of Seoul and Samsung Life Insurance are planning to expand this project to other bridges.

Research Awards

Dr. Guy Diamond

Dr. Guy Diamond

Dr. Gary Diamond

Dr. Gary Diamond

AFSP Research Awards will be presented to Guy S. Diamond Ph.D. and Gary M. Diamond Ph. D. 

Dr. Guy Diamond is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  At Drexel, he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS) and the Director of the Ph.D. program in Couple and Family Therapy. Dr. Gary M. Diamond is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Dr. Guy Diamond and Dr. Gary Diamond’s work contributed to the field of suicide prevention by studying a clinical treatment, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, in people with suicide risk.  This research led to positive results for adolescents with a history of suicide attempt.  They took it a step further, studying the treatment in LGBT adolescents at high risk for suicide and their families.  Therefore the contribution has been focused and has clinical importance.  Their work highlights a number of critical areas of interest at AFSP- suicide attempters who are therefore at higher risk for completed suicide, adolescents, and LGBT populations.

The annual Lifesavers Dinner is attended by individuals from the world of politics, science, media, entertainment and business and is dedicated to raising greater public awareness about suicide. The event also provides financial support for the AFSP’s research and programs. Table and ticket prices are as follows:

Platinum Table $50,000: Includes one table of 10 with premier seating and platinum journal page

Gold Table $25,000: Includes one table of 10 with preferred seating and gold journal page

Silver Table $15,000: Includes one table of 10 with favored seating and silver journal page

Bronze Table $10,000: Includes one table of 10 and bronze journal page

Individual Ticket $1,000

All table options include recognition as a 2014 Dinner Sponsor in the printed program, from the podium during the event, as well as in AFSP's annual report, newsletter and website.

To attend the Lifesavers Dinner on May 22, call (212) 363-3500 Ext. 2048 or email You can also purchase tickets and make an online contribution by clicking here