Recently the Staglins had the 20th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health in beautiful Napa Valley, California. Hundreds gathered in honor of such a big year and a great cause. "Every year attendees don't think we can do better, but we do. It's an accumulative, breakthrough learning experience, said Garen Staglin. This event is incredible energy and builds a community- we simply display that it's okay to have fun while doing good."
Starting on Saturday guests were able to attend the science symposium, which was moderated by Steven E. Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The discussion touched upon brain health and its importance. Following was a discussion by the festival's 'Rising Star Scientists', which are composed of researchers whose grants are funded by One Mind, the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMRHO) and the Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF).
Afterwards attendees were able to relocate in the Staglin Vineyard cellars and indulge in delicious wines from local vintners as well as vintners worldwide including, but not limited to: Abreu Vineyard, ADAMVS Howell Mountain Estate, Antinori, Arkenstone Vineyards, Gamble Family Vineyards, Gargiulo Vineyards, HALL, Harlan Estate, Ovid, Paradign Winery, Parry Cellars, The Staglins Vineyard, as well as many more. Taste amongst the best wines in the world and enjoy the celebrated cuisine of Napa Valley with hors d’oeuvres by local favorites and longtime friends of the Music Festival, Chef Ken Frank of LaToque and Chef Richard Reddington of REDD.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy attended again this year, along with Pete Chiarelli, General, US Army (retired) of the One Mind for Research Campaign who both discussed their involvement and excitement for the weekends' festivities.
"Today we celebrate a hugely successful weekend and total cumulative proceeds from our 20 years approaching $210 million, which is incredible,” stated Shari and Garen Staglin. “As we look back on the past 20 years, we are both grateful and humbled that so many have come together and worked so hard to make great strides in the quest to determine the causes of brain diseases. We have come so far and yet still have a long way to go, but are extremely confident that with continued generosity of our supporters and hard work by our scientists, board members, and volunteers, we will unlock the mysteries of the brain and make a difference in so many lives.” Saturday concluded with a high-energy performance from Vintage Trouble who definitely got everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor.
On the final day of this event attendees inhibited the grounds of the performing arts center at the Lincoln Theater. Guests flocked outside the venue in order to take part in the gourmet food truck event that was held. Participants included: The Melt, Crossroads Chicken, Napa Point Brewing, Kara's Cupcakes, Tacos Garcia, Ultra Crepes, Napa Valley Crust, and also multiple wines to complete.
Following was a live auction which was the precedent to the acoustic performance by Grammy-Nominated singer Jewel. All in all this event was a huge success and raised over $208 million in all of its years in existence. A huge thank you to The Staglins as well as everyones involvement, lets keep up the good work and spread the word in hopes of a cure!