Survive First Inaugural Diamonds are Forever First Responder Gala
October 29, 2022 @ 5:00PM — 10:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar
Space Coast Convention Center: 301 Tucker Ln Cocoa, FL 32926 Get Directions
Come Celebrate Our Nation's First Responders While Normalizing the Conversation About Mental Health
Survive First’s Inaugural Diamonds are Forever First Responder Gala is an evening to bring awareness to mental health in the public safety profession while raising funds to support our mission of decreasing suicide in the first responder community. Each year, more first responders die by their own hand than line-of-duty deaths, and together with your support, Survive First is determined to change that statistic. As we come together on this incredible, yet emotional evening, we celebrate our first responders through uplifting messages, inspiration and hope, and a party like no other. Your generous support through your will help us ensure that we are able to raise the funds needed to support our efforts through education and our Treatment Assistance Fund, which helps first responders pay for treatment they would otherwise be unable to access due to financial hardship. We can't wait to see you on October 29th! Together we make a difference. Together we save lives.
Room block is available at the host hotel, attached to the venue - Holiday Inn Express Cocoa (Tucker Ln). Mention Survive First Gala when booking.
Hotel website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en...
You may also book hotels in Cocoa Beach (20 min from venue), Melbourne Beach (35 min from venue), Orlando (40 - 50 min from venue).
We are thrilled to announce Paul Butler as our Master of Ceremonies for the night! Paul Butler is an internationally renowned speaker, presenter, instructor, and entertainer. During his 27 years of law enforcement, he has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. A friend of Survive First, Mr. Butler shares the passion and commitment for normalizing the conversation of mental health in the first responder community and helping his brothers and sisters in need.
He believes the power of a positive attitude can take you to the top or help you simply find happiness and pride in the current role you fill. A healthy attitude is often the key to both personal and professional success – this has certainly been the key to Paul’s success. As Chief Deputy of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005 for the 220th Session. This 10-week, executive level course was host to 250 attendees from all 50 states and 29 countries around the world. Paul was selected by his class to be their graduation day speaker alongside then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. He continues to serve as the official Master of Ceremonies for the FBI National Academy Associates during their annual training conferences, which are held throughout North America. To increase his outreach, Paul Butler Presentations was formed and he has been traveling the globe speaking, instructing, and entertaining for all types of groups, organizations, and events. He is consistently one of the highest-rated presenters on the market today and comes with strong references and a list of past and future exciting events.
We are so excited to announce Finesse as our event entertainment! Finesse features four dynamic front vocalist entertainers, alongside bass, drums. guitar, keyboards, trumpet, and trombone, who will keep the party moving throughout the night! Get ready to dance the evening away to an outstanding playlist!
We will have both a live and silent auction with many exciting items, all to raise funds to save lives!