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Michael Kent Helps Raise Money for Suicide Prevention Hotline

Nov 5, 2011

I consider making people laugh one of the most important things I can do. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to do something more important than that.


I recently worked with Hopeline.com‘s Reese Butler and PostSecret‘s Frank Warren on a project to help them raise money for suicide prevention during DC Gives on November 9. They have produced a deck of cards that feature warning signs for friends and family members to look out for to identify a loved one at risk. Their idea was to have a magician display these cards and they selected me to shoot this project with them. The video will be used after the DC Gives event to continue to raise money for Suicide Prevention via Hopeline, which is the 1-800-SUICIDE support hotline and IMAlive.org, a 24/7 suicide prevention chat line. The specially printed playing cards, along with special wristbands (also seen in the video) will be available after the November 9 DC Gives event by donating to Hopeline.





Subscribers to my “Michael Mail” E-newsletter got an exclusive look at this video earlier this week (to get on this list, type your email in the box on the upper right corner of my website or click here). Please help benefit this great cause and spread this video out to your social networks via Facebook, Twitter and email by using the share icons below.


Thank you,
MK


P.S. Within minutes of this video going live on my YouTube Account yesterday, a young man contacted me, seeking help.

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  1. frank warren
    November 5th, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Thanks for your good work here Michael and your great slight-of-hand on the video. I’ll be following you, in a good way, not a creepy one.

    Your friend,
    -Frank

  2. Reese Butler
    November 5th, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Mike,

    We are so grateful! You are a pleasure to work with! Thank you so much for volunteering your time and skills to raise awareness for our cause! We were very lucky to have found you thanks to Frank Warren of PostSecret and hope to continue working together in the future!

    Reese Butler
    President and Founder
    Kristin Brooks Hope Center/National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE
    http://www.hopeline.com
    IMAlive Virtual Crisis Center
    http://www.IMAlive.org