Life Lines Luncheon

Every seat at every available table was filled at SPI's third annual Life Lines Luncheon on November 16th, 2011 at the University Club. Funds raised at the Luncheon are going toward our work to reduce suicide among combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Luncheon was a moving event with a special highlight being the remarks of Captain Zachary Iscol about his experiences at the battle of Fallujah in the war in Iraq and his tribute to Colonel Willard Buhl, his battalion commander at Fallujah. Colonel Buhl, who was our guest speaker, then gave a powerful presentation of the problems faced by combat veterans. Gary Sinise, screen star and lead in CSI New York, received our Humanitarian Award for his work and that of the Gary Sinise Foundation on behalf of veterans suffering from the physical and psychological aftermath of combat. Christie Civetta, Northeastern sophomore, received our Survivors Award for her remarkable accomplishments in raising awareness among young people and support from corporations for SPI's youth suicide prevention initiatives. Herbert Hendin, SPI CEO and Medical Director, received our Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of suicide and how to prevent it.