While wine lovers respect the name Staglin as one of Napa Valley’s most collectible wines, the Staglin family is an even bigger deal in the world of mental health. That was evident Sept. 19 at the 21st annual Music Festival for Brain Health that raised $4.8 million with the help of singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, guest chefs Hubert Keller and Sean O’Toole and 75 wineries like Colgin, Dana, Harlan and Shafer that poured samples for festival guests.
Staglin Family Vineyard founders Garen and Shari Staglin, along with their children Brandon and Shannon, hosted 500 supporters at the vineyard in Rutherford for a research symposium, the wine tasting in their barrel-aging caves, and an outdoor, acoustic, solo concert by the soulful Etheridge. The Staglins announced that the cumulative total of their fund-raising efforts since 1995 for IMHRO and the One Mind Institute had passed $225 million.
Speakers who thanked the attendees and advocated for continuing research into and treatment of physiological brain disorders included former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy, retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli, former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland and U.S. Representative Mike Thompson of Napa Valley. Kennedy stressed an urgent need for more mental health services for military veterans in light of the current rate of 22 suicides per day.
Garen Staglin said, “As we look forward, we see incredible momentum and anticipate important scientific breakthroughs that will unlock the mysteries of the brain and make a difference in so many lives.” Mental health has been a family priority since 1990 when Brandon Staglin was diagnosed with schizophrenia. With treatment and family support he was able to recover.
A dinner following the concert featured “Top Chef” Keller of Fleur Las Vegas and appreciative guests added $530,000 to the day’s total with an impromptu fund-the-need auction.
IMHRO and One Mind together have become the nation’s leading private-public mental health organizations dedicated to curing brain-related diseases, including depression, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and bi-polar illness, focusing on issues including funding, research, advocacy and anti-stigma.