September 13, 2021, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA – One Mind reached a major milestone at the 27th Music Festival for Brain Health, surpassing a half-billion dollars raised and leveraged since the initial festival in 1995. The 2021 event, held September 11th at Staglin Family Vineyard, raised over $7.5 million to benefit One Mind.
In addition, One Mind and the One Mind Board of Directors announced that over $21 million in follow-up funding has been raised in 2021 bringing the 27-year cumulative total, including direct contributions and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of initial research funding from the festival proceeds, to over $513 million dollars.
One Mind is the nation’s leading private-public mental health organization dedicated to taking on the nation’s brain health crisis, improving lives for people facing such conditions as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar illness, and post-traumatic stress 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, One Mind Champion and Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, and the One Mind Board of Directors welcomed over 400 supporters, scientists, and friends to celebrate life and raise support and hope for people facing brain health challenges.
“Since we began this journey 27 years ago with a modest concert at our vineyard, the Music Festival for Brain Health has been instrumental in not only raising a significant amount of money but supporting the science and scientists who have accelerated important advances in brain health diagnostics and care,” stated One Mind Co-Founder Garen Staglin. “With over a half-billion dollars raised supporting several discoveries already helping millions, the Music Festival for Brain Health continues to be the nation’s leading charity event for brain health. We are energized by the success of science translating to effective prevention and treatments for brain health conditions.”
This year’s event began with a scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker Deanna Barch, PhD, Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University, with opening remarks by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health.
“COVID has dramatically worsened the lives of those who suffer from conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression…and we worry that the effects may last longer than the pandemic itself,” stated NIH Director Collins. “With the partnership of wonderful organizations such as One Mind, we at NIH are determined to find ways to provide relief to those millions who suffer from brain disorders.”
A symposium highlight was the research summary presentations of the four 2021 Rising Star Awardees. The Rising Star Awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain health conditions. One Mind’s Scientific Advisory Board selected: Devanand Manoli, MD, PhD, University of California San Francisco to receive the 2021 One Mind Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award in Honor of Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D.; Sarah Stern, PhD of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to receive the 2021 One Mind Donna Friedman Rising Star Eating Disorders Research Award; Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, PhD, Northwestern University to receive the 2021 One Mind Nick LeDeit Rising Star Research Award; and Renato Polimanti, PhD, MSc, Yale School of Medicine to receive the One Mind Rising Star Computational Psychiatry Research Award. In addition to his Rising Star Award, Dr. Manoli also received the 2021 Inscopix Technology Supplement Grant.
Following the symposium, a tasting of some of the world’s most acclaimed wines took place outdoors on the Staglin Family Vineyard grounds, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Curtis Di Fede of Christopher Kostow’s The Charter Oak Restaurant in St. Helena. The day continued with an exciting concert performance by GRAMMY nominees and multi-platinum recording artists OneRepublic, preceded by a special pledge of allegiance led by Colonel Lisa Peake, U.S. Army, Retired, Administrator at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, to honor the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.
Immediately following the concert, VIP guests enjoyed a post-concert dinner created by celebrated Chef and Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino of Acacia House in Napa Valley and Rosalie in Houston Texas, paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines. Generosity was “over the top” with an impromptu fund-a-need auction that raised over $1,000,000 to support One Mind’s brain health initiatives.
Donations to the Music Festival for Brain Health may be made online at onemind.org or by sending a check to One Mind, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Please mail donations to: P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, CA, 94573. The date for the 28th Music Festival for Brain Health has been set for Saturday, September 10, 2022.
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One Mind is a leading mental health non-profit that heals lives through brain research, working from science to services to society. By bringing together the best minds in brain science and advocacy around our collective vision of “Accelerating Brain Health for All”, One Mind is advancing a three-pronged program strategy of accelerating discoveries, scaling implementation and transforming societal culture. Together, we are creating a world where all individuals facing brain health challenges can build healthy, productive lives. www.onemind.org.