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.

This year we have taken the event online to ensure we continue to raise much-needed funds for AFSP’s mission, enabling us to provide support to suicide loss survivors and those who struggle, spread awareness and education, advocate for stronger mental health legislation, and fund innovative, lifesaving research. As the world adjusts to the reality of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, AFSP’s work supporting mental health in our communities has become more important than ever. We hope you will join us for A Sip in the Kitchen!

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


David O’Leary & Kate Eisenberg