A Sip in the Park was created to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Each year the AFSP’s Massachusetts Chapter hosts this event, featuring food and wine pairings, live music, and silent and live auctions at Boston’s historic Fenway Park.

Each year, we honor and celebrate an individual or organization that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and commitment to saving lives through suicide prevention and support – with our Lifesaver Leadership Award. Past recipients include: Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, McLean Hospital & the Deconstructing Stigma Campaign, Stacey Lucchino, MGH and the Home Base Program, and Governor Deval Patrick.

2020 Lifesaver Leadership Award

This year AFSP’s Massachusetts Chapter is excited to honor Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka for her unwavering advocacy for mental health awareness and efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

Learn more about Senator Spilka via her website.

MA Senate President Karen Spilka


Kate Eisenberg
David O’Leary


Dana Jackson Cohen
Laura Egitto
Natalie Fernsebner
Andrea Finnerty
Paula Fleming
Ka-Ling Flynn
Brenda Kracke
Josh Kruger
Cynthia Larose
Lesley Leonhardt
Linda Marino
Alicia O’Leary
Margie Thompson