The 24th Staglin Music Festival for Brain Health raised more than $6 million to benefit One Mind
September 17, 2018
Acclaimed Napa Valley Chefs Christopher Kostow and Victor Scargle and over 75 renowned wineries provide the best in food and wine at annual benefit
September 17, 2018, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA – The Staglin family celebrated advances in science and a new financial milestone at the 24th annual Music Festival for Brain Health on September 15th in the Napa Valley. This year’s event raised over $6 million to benefit One Mind. In addition, the Staglin family and the One Mind Board of Directors announced that an additional $83 million in follow-up funding has been raised in 2018 bringing the 24-year cumulative total, including direct contributions and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of initial research funding from festival proceeds, to over $380 million dollars since 1995. One Mind has become the nation’s leading private-public mental health organization dedicated to curing brain-related diseases, including depression, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and bipolar illness, focusing on issues including funding, research, advocacy, open science principles, and anti-stigma.
Co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin, along with their children Brandon and Shannon, Congressman Mike Thompson, and the Board of Directors welcomed over 500 supporters, scientists, and friends to celebrate life and raise awareness of the causes and cures for physiological brain disorders.
“In the 24 years since Napa Valley gave birth to and has nurtured the Music Festival for Brain Health, it has become the leading fund and awareness raiser for the brain in the nation,” stated Shari Staglin. “With over $380 million raised and several discoveries already helping millions, we’re excited about the geometric rise in success of science translating to effective prevention and treatments.”
The 24th Annual festival began with a scientific symposium, moderated by Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The 2018 symposium keynote address was delivered by Tom Insel, MD, co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Following Dr. Insel was guest speaker Beth Stevens, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard's Program in Neuroscience.
A symposium highlight was the announcement and presentations of the 2018 Rising Star Awards, which are sponsored by One Mind, Janssen Research & Development, LLC and Inscopix. These awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders. One Mind’s Scientific Advisory Board selected Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD for the 2018 One Mind / Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award in Honor of the Late Jeffrey S. Nye, MD, PhD. Paul Jenkins, PhD, received the 2018 One Mind Rising Star Bipolar Disorder Translational Research Award, and Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH received the 2018 One Mind Peter Chiarelli Rising Star Collaborative Research Award. In addition to her Rising Star Award, Dr. Ahmari also won the 2018 One Mind/Inscopix Technology Supplement Grant.
Following the symposium, a tasting of some of the world’s most acclaimed wines took place in the Staglin Family Vineyard winery caves, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Victor Scargle, Culinary Director of The Boisset Collection. The party continued when Jennifer Hudson took the stage for an intimate concert among the Staglin Vineyard vines, delivering an amazing and moving vocal performance that had attendees on their feet, on the stage and singing along with the legendary OSCAR and two-time GRAMMY award winning artist. The post-concert VIP Dinner, supported in part by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, featured the cuisine of 3-Star Michelin Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood and The Charter Oak in St. Helena, paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines. Generosity was evident with an impromptu fund-a-need auction that raised over $600,000 to support the One Mind ASPIRe program.
Donations to the Music Festival for Brain Health may be made on-line at onemind.org or by sending a check to One Mind, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that sponsors the Music Festival. Please mail donations to: P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, Calif., 94573. The date for the 25th AnnualMusic Festival for Brain Health has been set for Saturday, September 14, 2019.