Living Beyond Suicide Summit – Celebrating Shining Stars Event


Celebrating Shining Stars Event

Celebrating Shining Stars: A Gathering to Honor Suicide Prevention

Join us for this Networking Event and Fundraiser for United Suicide Survivors International, whose mission it is to help people impacted by suicide turn their pain into purpose.

This celebratory event will bring together like-minded individuals who are passionate about suicide prevention. Every donation supports our mission of helping people impacted by suicide turn their pain into purpose through storytelling, advocacy, and events like the “Living Beyond Suicide Summit”.

Attending this “Celebrating Shining Stars” allows you to support a vital cause, connect with a community, make a tangible impact, raise awareness, and experience the empowerment that comes from contributing to saving lives.

The Celebrating Shining Stars Event takes place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at the Buffalo Rose from 6:00 – 9:00 pm MDT.

Appetizers provided, cash bar. Space is limited, register soon!

Ticket Prices

Celebrating Shining Stars Price

$50 + fees

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 “Vibrant is deeply committed to fostering a sense of hope, resilience, and healing within our communities. Supporting the ‘Celebrating Shining Stars’ event and related summit is not just important; it’s imperative. These gatherings provide a crucial platform for individuals and families affected by suicide to connect, share their stories, and access the support they need,” said Kimberly Williams, President and CEO of Vibrant Emotional Health. “We understand that healing is a journey; no one should go through it alone. This is an opportunity to create a space where individuals can find strength in their shared experiences and build a supportive community.” 

MC for the Celebrating Shining Stars Networking Event and Fundraiser

Jordan Chavez – 9NEWS Mornings Anchor

Jordan Chavez is the Weekday Morning Anchor at 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. 

Jordan joined the 9NEWS family in March 2017.

He says it seems surreal to be working alongside journalists he’s admired for so long, but it’s an opportunity he’ll never take for granted.

Before making the move to Denver, Jordan worked as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KAMR, the NBC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas. While there, he covered everything from political stories to breaking news including a capital murder trial and an active shooter inside a Walmart – both of which garnered national attention.

Jordan is naturally curious about the world around him. It’s a trait that ultimately led to his decision to become a journalist. He’s what you would describe as a “news nerd,” constantly checking his phone for updates about stories happening around his community and across the globe. He also embarrassingly admits his DVR is almost full of recordings of NBC Nightly News.

Jordan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Texas State University in 2014.

He was born in New Orleans but moved to Amarillo at a young age where he was raised. While he is a proud Texan, he’s excited to now call Colorado home. When he’s not updating you on the latest happenings across the state, he’s almost certainly exploring Colorado’s beautiful mountains, rivers, or excellent breweries.


Sarah Gaer

Sarah Gaer, MA – “Soul of the Survivor”

Sarah Gaer holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has 24 years of experience in the field of mental health care. Sarah has been an outpatient clinician, crisis clinician, and member of trauma response teams responding to homicides, suicides, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.

Sarah was the Senior Team Leader for MassSupport Network, the FEMA-funded Crisis Counseling Program responding to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. She is a Master Trainer for the QPR Institute and has trained over 1000 first responders in Massachusetts. Sarah currently works as a consultant in suicide prevention and trauma recovery and is spearheading long-term recovery efforts at Holyoke Soldier’s Home, which experienced a mass causality event during COVID-19. Sarah also holds a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health creating and providing training for Law Enforcement on topics such as suicide prevention, toxic stress, and resilience building.

Justin Azbill, Milwaukee Tool “The ME in Team – “Overcoming Workplace Mental Health Challenges through Selfcare

Mr. Azbill is currently the Director of  National Environmental Health and Safety for Milwaukee Tool. He has over 27 years of experience in Safety and Risk Management, having held key management positions with Kiewit Power, Suffolk Construction, Cannistraro, and Callahan Construction.

Throughout his career, Mr. Azbill has created a reputation of success by leveraging a collaborative leadership style which has helped him achieve consistent industry-leading results and build successful partnerships that continue to impact the construction industry. Mr. Azbill has advocated for Trade Professional Health and Wellness through a “Do What’s Right” leadership style zeroing in on the importance of having simple conversations. 

He currently leads several Peer-to-Peer groups focused on Professional Psychological Safety as he is an industry advocate for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. He leads from the front in the Mental Health space as he currently is a sitting member of the Working Minds Construction Suicide conference, a Keynote speaker on the importance of preventative measures “Selfcare”, and a Founding Member of the Safety Social S4S (Safety for Safety) Peer Group meeting.

In Honor of Diana Cortez Yañez