BEVERLY HILLS―The Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation will be hosting its second annual “Light Up the Night” White Party for suicide prevention and awareness Saturday, September 26.
The Beverly Hills-based foundation hosted its first “Light Up the Night” event at the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica in October 2014. Guests honored the lives lost due to suicide through a candlelit moment and afterwards indulged with In-N-Out burgers, a Foxtails photo lounge, and danced late into the night in memory of those who took their lives. Afterwards, gift bags were presented to guests with candles to ignite for the lost souls.
This year, according to the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation’s Facebook page, the charity event will feature an open bar, complimentary valet, as well as entertainment and gourmet food.
Ron Silverman, founder of the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation, lost his son to teen suicide, which was attributed to a deep, dark state of depression. He writes on the foundation’s webpage that, “suicide plagues young adults everywhere, in every socio economic segment, and continues to be the third leading cause of death for those 15-24 years of age.”
According to the American Association for Suicide Prevention, an American dies from suicide every 12.95 minutes, 1 million attempts of suicide are estimated yearly and 1.5 million years of human life are lost every year due to suicide.