RUTHERFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On September 7-8, the 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health raised approximately $2.8 million to benefit the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), One Mind™, and the Tug McGraw Foundation, to support research, education, treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and brain disorders. In addition, leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of IMHRO's initial research funding reached approximately $7.3 million in 2012/2013, bringing the combined 19-year total in direct and leveraged funds to approximately $157 million. IMHRO has become the nation’s leading private-public mental health organization dedicated to curing brain-related illness, including depression, schizophrenia, and bi-polar illness, with the focus on funding, research, and anti-stigma.
The new partnership with the Tug McGraw Foundation provided Grammy® Award winning Tim McGraw and his band for the intimate Sunday performance. Rising R&B and soul recording star Allen Stone performed on Saturday following the scientific symposium, cult-wine tasting paired with the cuisine of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Napa, and VIP dinner provided by chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto of celebrated Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans.
In addition to guests, co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin along with children Shannon and Brandon also hosted dignitaries, including Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, Congressmen John Garamendi and Mike Thompson of California, and former Congressman and One Mind co-founder Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.
“We can’t thank Tim McGraw and Allen Stone enough for joining us to support for these important causes,” stated Shari and Garen Staglin. “Today we surpass the $150 million mark - an important milestone! The great strides we are making with One Mind, our new partnership with the Tug McGraw Foundation, and our continued work with outstanding scientists and researchers make us feel more confident that, together, we will be able to unlock the mysteries of the brain and make a difference in many lives.”
Jennifer Brusstar, co-founder and CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation, commented, “I know how much Tim McGraw cares about brain disease and mental health issues, particularly with our veterans and those currently serving in uniform. His dedication of Live Like You Were Dying to all who are committed to accelerating cure and treatments demonstrated that he is helping create change.”
“I was honored to perform at this important event and lend my support in the effort to seek the causes and cures of brain related disorders,” stated Tim McGraw. “I meet returning troops every night out on the road and a lot of them are living with invisible wounds like PTSD and other traumatic brain injuries. The Staglin family, IMHRO, One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation are doing great work to help combat these disorders and the stigmas attached to them, and I encourage everyone to help in any way they can.”
Donations to the Music Festival for Mental Health may be made on-line at www.imhro.org, or by sending a check to IMHRO, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that sponsors the Music Festival. Please mail donations to: P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, Calif., 94573.
The 20th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health will be held the weekend of September 13, 2014, at the Staglin Family Vineyard.
International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) www.imhro.org
One Mind™ 1mind4research.org
Tug McGraw Foundation www.tugmcgraw.org