"Great wines for great causes" has been an important motto of our business and personal lives. Since we began farming our vineyard in 1985, we have donated and raised more than $800 million to support charities, including our main cause, the Music Festival for Mental Health.
When Shari and Garen Staglin's son, Brandon, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990, they realized that advancements in scientific research were vital to understanding mental illness. Rather than wait for a miracle, they started a non-profit organization on their own to raise funds for mental health research. With treatment and family support, Brandon was able to recover and since 1995 the Staglin family has been "changing the landscape from the Napa Valley to Washington, D.C. with sensational fundraisers on behalf of national mental health research."
The Music Festival for Mental Health at Staglin Family Vineyard has brought together generous chefs, wineries, top billed musicians and scientists to raise significant funds and awareness for the cause. Thanks to its donors and support from the National Institute for Mental Health, the Music Festival for Mental Health has raised over $157 million. These funds have resulted in research and treatment programs that have helped thousands of people.
Years of successful festivals have allowed the Music Festival for Mental
Health to expand their reach by becoming the International Mental Health
Research Organization or IMHRO. Founded by original Music Festival for Mental
Health board members in the fall of 2008, IMHRO now supports additional
fundraising events around the nation through the leadership of board members,
advisors and scientists from around the world—all of them working toward the
same goal: to find cures for mental illness within our lifetime.
IMHRO Music Festival Stay tuned for details to our 20th Anniversary Music Festival for Mental Health, on the weekend of September 13, 2014, on our website.
In 2011, Garen joined with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy to co-chair the launch of ONE MIND for Research. Now headed by CEO General (Ret.) Peter Chiarelli, this campaign is partnering policymakers, scientists, industry, and advocacy groups internationally in a neuroscience "moonshot." Its aim: to dramatically reduce the global burden of brain disorder disability in the next 10 years. It has already made substantial progress. See www.1mind4research.org.
In 2013, as a project of IMHRO, the inaugural Kennedy Forum brought together advocates from the mental illness, substance abuse, and intellectual disability healthcare communities to create a national conversation to solve issues of stigma and access to care. Now, The ONE MIND™ Kennedy Forum continues to work to improve behavioral healthcare policy. See http://thekennedyforum.org.