Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Help fund effort to stop suicide

My deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Jon Anderson and Linda Vaughan. Last year, I lost my son to suicide as a result of mental illness, and I know how devastating such a loss can be. Since my son's death, as executive director of Sun Valley Artist Series, I have worked to find ways to help others avoid the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.

In an effort to increase community outreach and aid those who are troubled, Sun Valley Artist Series will present a Benefit Concert for Suicide Prevention on March 10. All ticket proceeds will benefit our community Crisis Hotline, NAMI-Wood River Valley and The Speedy Foundation—formed in memory of Boise Olympian and suicide victim, skier Jared "Speedy" Peterson.

This event is being sponsored by St. Luke's Wood River and St. Luke's Wood River Foundation. In addition to raising much-needed funds for the above organizations, our goal is to raise awareness of this critical mental-health issue. If you would like to get involved and help in this event, please contact me at

Steve Gannon

Executive director

Sun Valley Artist Series

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