The suicide awareness event will utilize art, dance, music and video to promote mental wellness and inspire people to fight for their lives.
Las Vegas – The Bringing Happy Back Experience is raising awareness by uplifting the mood with a benefit production on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The inspiring show will be performed in front of a live audience and will also be streamed globally to veterans, military bases, first responders, wellness facilities and over 200 college campuses, including UNLV, San Francisco State, Princeton University, and UCLA.
This one-of-a-kind event will encourage the community to share personal stories, experiences and talents with the sole purpose of helping others find their way back from tragedy, depression or adversity. Las Vegas will unite to assure the rest of the world that their lives matter, empowering people to fight for their lives, ask for the help they deserve, and get their happy back. A portion of the evening’s ticket proceeds will benefit Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness.
“I selected Mental Health America as the benefactor of Bringing Happy Back because I am inspired by their dedication to early detection and attempting to prevent the issue of mental illness versus just supporting it after the fact,” said Tonya Farrens, producer and founder of Bringing Happy Back. “They are extremely active on college campuses and that ties in perfectly with our mission and audience.”
The memorable evening will be filled with entertainment, education, and empowerment, beginning with a cocktail reception and informative expo including live music and vendor stations – all strategically crafted to motivate and encourage individuals to do whatever it takes to create a healthier and happier life.
Following the cocktail reception, guests will be invited into the main showroom to enjoy live performances by various Las Vegas entertainers, including members of Cirque du Soleil, Golden Rainbow, and Blue Man Group.
Farrens has long worked in the entertainment and special event production industry in Las Vegas. While the power of the arts was inspiring to Farrens, this occasion holds a greater significance for her.
Farrens, who lost her father to suicide in 2015, said, “Why am I producing BHB? Because no human should ever have to feel like suicide is their only option.”
The event is taking place in memory of her father’s 73rd birthday.
Through vibe raising entertainment, the primary goal of this event is not to shine a light on suicide, but rather all of the reasons to want to live, bring happy back, and #RaiseVibesSaveLives.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, but limited. For more information, please visit www.tonyafarrens.com or call 702-426-2488.
About Tonya Farrens Productions
Tonya Farrens, affectionately known as “the bringing happy back gal,” is the founder of Tonya Farrens Productions, a conscious marketing and event production firm and Lux Icery, a gourmet and spiked snocone company in Las Vegas.
After relocating to Las Vegas from Southern Oregon in 1995, she discovered her passion production. She rolled up her sleeves and worked her way into executive roles with Cirque du Soleil, BEST Agency and even toured with best selling author, Gary Zukav. She is a veteran in the event and entertainment industry and still enjoys every minute of it.
It wasn’t until she lost her father to suicide in 2015 that she realized that production wasn’t just about entertaining; it is also therapeutic. By utilizing art, dance, music and video, she is developing inspiring events to promote mental wellness and create platforms for open dialogue about suicide and the stigma surrounding it.
It is her most cherished work to date.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
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