Secret Garden Gala

Join Kids' Minds Matter for an elegant evening at the new Southwest Florida Event Center as we raise awareness and funds for pediatric behavioral health in our region.

  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on March 4, 2020
  • Southwest Florida Event Center – 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE Bonita Springs, FL 34135
  • Emcee: Kellie Burns
  • Auctioneer: Rick Gallo
  • Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hines, Global Speaker, Author & Mental Health Advocate

“Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.”

Kevin Hines is a global speaker, best-selling author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.

In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health. He has also been recognized by SAMHSA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs, and he has received a Three Star Marine General’s Medal Award in addition to his numerous accolades. Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse, global audiences with university campuses, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various conferences.

Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. Maybe not every day, but certainly most days.

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An estimated 46,000 children in Southwest Florida will suffer from a severe mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One out of seven will be affected as early as age two. Kids' Minds Matter advocates for pediatric mental and behavioral health, working to erase the stigma, educate the region and gain support for these greatly needed pediatric services. Learn how you can become an advocate for children in our region at