RUTHERFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amid the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, One Mind, the leading mental health and brain research non-profit raised over $3 million at its 26th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
Additionally, One Mind Board of Directors announced that direct and leveraged funds added $30 million in 2020, bringing the 26-year cumulative total to nearly half a billion dollars since 1995. Typically held over multiple days at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley, Calif., the festival has established itself as the country’s most significant annual brain health fundraising event.
The all-day virtual festival featured a scientific symposium with leading mental health researchers, followed by a streamed jazz concert performance by ten-time GRAMMY® winner Arturo Sandoval.
One Mind leveraged an innovative partnership model with Landry’s restaurant group to replicate the traditional fine dining experience guests typically enjoy at the Staglin Family Vineyard. This year, guests joined the virtual event from around the country, including from private viewing rooms at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Morton’s The Steakhouse participating locations.
The day began with the free Scientific Symposium webinar and Q&A, where a highly engaged audience interacted with leaders in brain health. Moderated by Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Director of the Mount Sinai Friedman Brain Institute, the symposium featured Victor Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine, Michelle Craske, PhD, Director of UCLA’s Anxiety and Depression Research Center, plus One Mind’s 2020 Rising Star Award-winners Gregory Fonzo, PhD and Kevin Beier, PhD discussing groundbreaking scientific discoveries.
The symposium featured the recipients of the inaugural One Mind Advocacy Awards, honoring outstanding leaders who empower people experiencing mental health challenges. Amit Paley, CEO of the Trevor Project, received the 2020 One Mind Champion Award, and Chantel Garrett, Founding Director of Strong 365, received the 2020 One Mind Gamechanger Award.
After the symposium, donors enjoyed a Wine & Jazz ‘Supper Club' experience in person at the participating steakhouses, at home with a steakhouse take-out dinner kit, or with a bottle of wine from Staglin Family Vineyard or other supporting vintners. The highlight of the day was the private streamed performance by ten-time GRAMMY® award-winner Arturo Sandoval and an ensemble band, enjoyed by Supper Club attendees and those who opted for the musical performance “a la carte.”
The day’s excitement culminated in a Fund-A-Need that raised nearly $600,000 to support research to help ease our nation’s widespread post-traumatic stress and Heroes Health, a mental health support app for frontline healthcare workers. The momentum continued with a spontaneous $100,000 donation from an anonymous donor as well as the gifting of $300,000 to support a 2021 Rising Star Award by One Mind Board Member, Donna Friedman, to investigate eating disorders and compulsive behavior.
Donations to One Mind may be made on-line at onemind.org, or by sending a check made payable 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 27th Music Festival for Brain Health has been set for Saturday, September 11, 2021.
The Music Festival for Brain Health is supported by premier sponsors Shear Family Foundation and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry.