NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hosting more than 400 guests, One Mind raised $3.3 million on September 9 at One Mind’s 29th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health, presented by Bank of America. The annual event is one of America’s most important fundraising events focused on mental illnesses. The festival, which includes a world-class wine tasting and culinary experience, a groundbreaking Science and Innovation Symposium, and an exclusive performance from country superstar Martina McBride, benefits One Mind™ and its mission to catalyze visionary change through science, business and media to transform the world’s mental health.
U.S. Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi was introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson, and heralded One Mind and the Staglin family’s commitment to tackling the nation’s most pressing crisis - mental health. She shared her belief that music brings us together to support this important cause
In its nearly 30 years of fundraising leadership with add-on partners, One Mind is proud to have directly raised more than $115 million and, more importantly, has seen its investments in science, media and workplace solutions grow exponentially to more than $575 million in total funding through its significant collaborations.
The Science & Innovation Symposium is made possible by Rogers Behavioral Health. Generous support for the symposium’s Rising Star Awards comes from the Deyo and Luther families, as well as the Hall family with support from the Goodness Web. This year’s concert is supported by JaM Cellars. This year’s gourmet dinner is sponsored by Mati Kochavi.
“The momentum continues to grow along with our success in understanding and caring for mental health conditions,” said Brandon Staglin, president of One Mind. “The research we have funded over the years is now rolling out solutions to transform lives. We’re accelerating a future where everyone facing mental health challenges has the chance to thrive!”
The day-long festival began with the Science & Innovation Symposium that included One Mind’s 2023 Rising Star Awards, who presented their groundbreaking research. The Rising Star Awards are awarded each year to early-career scientists leading pivotal, innovative research to develop better treatments for mental illnesses. At the annual Music Festival, these researchers have a chance to present directly to those supporting the funding of their ongoing studies.
Additionally, the Symposium featured keynote speaker Steve Paul, M.D., CSO & President of Research and Development at Karuna Therapeutics, and the entrepreneurs of the One Mind Accelerator. This intensive program launched by One Mind this year aiding 11 founders to rapidly build and scale early-stage startups developing real-world solutions to improve the lives of people facing mental health conditions. An investment of $100,000 for each company was also provided by One Mind.
This year’s Music Festival for Brain Health featured award-winning country singer/songwriter Martina McBride. The mental health advocate has earned over 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. The Nashville native also founded Team Music is Love, a non-profit that supports an array of social issues like domestic violence, food insecurity, and homelessness. Her 90-minute performance had patrons on their feet dancing and singing along with her grammy-award winning hits.
“I’m honored to be performing at this year's One Mind Music Festival. The work One Mind is doing to help those facing brain health challenges is crucial. It’s important we shine more light on mental health issues in our country and work towards helping those struggling,” said Martina McBride.
In addition to the intimate live concert, the day included a globally renowned wine-tasting reception paired with bites provided by award-winning Chef Ken Frank, Executive Chef and Owner of La Toque, caviar provided by Caviar Russe, and an exclusive gourmet culinary experience under the stars at the VIP Dinner featuring James Beard Semifinalist Cassidee Dabney, Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm. The enthusiasm of the guests at a Fund-a-Need at dinner contributed $1.5 million of the total raised.
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About One Mind™
Launched in 1995 by Shari and Garen Staglin as their means to “run toward the problem” of their son’s schizophrenia diagnosis, One Mind is today a leading mental health non-profit that heals lives by direct support for neuropsychiatric brain research. By convening the brightest minds in brain science and advocacy around a collective vision of "Accelerating Brain Health for All”, One Mind is advancing a three-pronged program strategy of accelerating discoveries, improving services, and transforming culture. Through such achievements as enrolling over 10,000 patients in innovative clinical studies and the One Mind at Work initiative that has brought supportive workplace mental health practices to over 7 million employees, One Mind is creating a world where all facing brain health challenges can build healthy, productive lives. Brandon Staglin, whose own experiences triggered the creation of the non-profit, now serves as its President, exemplifying the change One Mind seeks in its disruptive research and workplace initiatives.