Music Festival for Brain Health Reaches Quarter Century Milestone – Total funds raised approaching half a billion dollars
Nine-time GRAMMY award winner Sheryl Crow wows crowd with performance, as acclaimed Napa Valley Restaurateur Bettina Rouas of Angéle, esteemed New Orleans Chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro, and over 75 renowned wineries provide the best in food and wine

September 16, 2019, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA – The Staglin family celebrated a quarter-century of important advances in science and a new financial milestone at the 25th Music Festival for Brain Health on September 14th in the Napa Valley. The 2019 event raised over $9 million to benefit One Mind. In addition, the Staglin family and the One Mind Board of Directors announced that over $64 million in follow-up funding has been raised in 2019 bringing the 25-year cumulative total, including direct contributions and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of initial research funding from festival proceeds, to over $450 million dollars since 1995. One Mind is 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 Patrick Kennedy, 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.


“For a quarter-century, 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 care,” stated One Mind Co-Founder Garen Staglin. “With over $450 million raised and several discoveries already helping millions, the Music Festival for Brain Health has become the nation’s leading catalyst for brain health. We are energized more than ever by the success of science translating to effective prevention and treatments for brain disorders.”


The 25th Annual festival began with a scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker John Krystal, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Krystal is a world leader in research on post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, moderated the symposium.


A symposium highlight was the announcement and presentations of the 2019 Rising Star Awards. These awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders. One Mind’s Scientific Advisory Board selected; Stephan Lammel, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award in Honor of the Late Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D., Laura Lewis, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Bettina Bryant Rising Star Depression Research Award in Honor of Dr. Fridolin Sulser, Jennifer M. Coughlin, M.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Gifford Foundation Rising Star Schizophrenia Research AwardDenise Cai, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Otsuka Rising Star Research Award, and Carl Sellgren Majkowitz, M.D, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Kaiser Permanente Rising Star Research Award.

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 restaurateur Bettina Rouas of celebrated Angéle Restaurant in Napa. The party continued when Sheryl Crow took the stage for an intimate concert among the Staglin Family Vineyard vines, delivering a crowd-pleasing performance of her many hits that had attendees on their feet and singing along with the nine-time GRAMMY award-winning artist.
The post-concert VIP Dinner featured the cuisine of renowned Chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans, paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines. Generosity was evident with an impromptu fund-a-need auction that raised over $1.1 million to support One Mind programs.
Donations to the Music Festival for Brain Health may be made on-line at 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 26th Music Festival for Brain Health has been set for Saturday, September 12, 2020.
For more information, please contact Cindy Dyar at (707) 963-4038 or, or visit, #Music4BrainHealth.
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About One Mind™
One Mind heals lives through brain research, working from bench to bedside to society. We advance our three-pronged program strategy of accelerating discoveries, scaling implementation and impacting society by bringing together the best minds in brain science and advocacy around a collective vision of “Healthy Brains for All.” Together, we are creating a world where all individuals facing brain health challenges can build healthy, productive lives.
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