Music Festival for Brain Health Focuses on the Future
Grammy® and Oscar® Winning artist Melissa Etheridge joins acclaimed Chefs Hubert Keller & Sean O’Toole plus over 75 renowned wineries to wow attendees at annual Napa Valley benefit

Melissa Etheridge performs at the 2015 Music Festival for Brain Health, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Courtesy Music Festival for Brain Health/Rafael Motta/Flying Pig Studio

Melissa Etheridge performs at the 2015 Music Festival for Brain Health, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Courtesy Music Festival for Brain Health/Rafael Motta/Flying Pig Studio

Courtesy Music Festival for Brain Health/Rafael Motta/Flying Pig Studio

Courtesy Music Festival for Brain Health/Rafael Motta/Flying Pig Studio

The Staglin family reflected on the successes of the last two decades and looked forward to more exciting scientific discoveries in the next 20 years at the 21st annual Music Festival for Brain Health on September 19 in the Napa Valley. This year’s efforts raised $4.8 million to benefit the IMHRO/One Mind Institute and ONE MIND™. In addition, the Staglin family announced that the 21-year cumulative total, including direct contributions to ONE MIND™, and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of IMHRO’s initial research funding from festival proceeds, has surpassed $225 million since 1995. 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.

Co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin, along with their children Brandon and Shannon, Patrick Kennedy, Co-Chairman, and Pete Chiarelli, CEO of ONE MIND™, and the IMHRO 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.

“Today was about celebrating and reflecting on the milestones of the past 20 years and looking forward to the upcoming successes in the next 20 years”, stated Shari and Garen Staglin. “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.”

The 21st Annual festival began with a scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco, who spoke on “Healing the Injured Brain: A Team Science Approach to an Old Problem”.

A symposium highlight was the announcement of the 2015 Rising Star Awards. IMHRO’s Scientific Advisory Board has chosen Conor Liston, MD, Ph.D., to receive the 2015 IMHRO/Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award, and Katie McLaughlin, Ph.D., to receive the 2015 IMHRO/AIM Rising Star Award. More information on each Rising Star Award is below.

Following the symposium, a tasting of some of the word’s most acclaimed wines took place in the Staglin Family Vineyard winery caves, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Sean O’Toole of celebrated TORC Napa Valley. Melissa Etheridge then took the stage for an intimate concert among the Staglin Vineyard vines, followed by the post-concert VIP dinner featuring Top Chef Hubert Keller of Fleur Las Vegas. Generosity was evident with an impromptu fund-a-need auction that itself added $530,000 to the day’s total.

Donations to the Music Festival for Brain 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 date for the 2016 Music Festival for Brain Health has been set for Saturday, September 17, 2016.

For more information, please call Cindy Dyar at (707) 963-4038 or email Cindy@imhro.org or visit www.music-festival.org.