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19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health - Gathering at the Staglin Family Vineyard For a Great Cause

By Meagan Sargent

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19th Annual Music Festival For Mental Health. Courtesy Photo

It’s that time again; time to gather at the lovely Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley, California for the 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health. This year is a festival first as the festival expands to two day-September 7th and 8th.

People will gather at the Staglin Family Vineyard and learn about an ever increasing issue that many are affected with all while being surrounded by great scenery, and even greater causes to benefit. This year the festival has a ‘country & soul’ theme which will feature Grammy Award-winning musician Tim McGraw and R&B recording star Allen Stone. This festival strives to benefit one of America’s most important mental health issues. Last year the event raised over $2.1 million to support research in hopes to find a cure for brain disorders. The festival this year will benefit the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation. These foundations support one another in research, education, treatment, and fighting the stigma surrounding this succumbing issue of ‘mental health’. The combined efforts of everyone involved are sure to add momentum in reaching the ultimate goal to severely increase awareness and accelerate research and most importantly finding a cure for not one but all brain disorders.


Baseball legend Rusty Staub samples wares at the most exclusive winetasting event in the US. Courtesy Photo

“I'm honored to be able to help in the effort to seek the causes and cures of brain related disorders,” stated Tim McGraw. “I meet returning troops every night out on the road and a lot of them are living with invisible wounds like PTSD or other Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Tug McGraw Foundation is doing great work to help combat these disorders and the stigmas attached to them.  I'm looking forward to this event in September and partnering with the Staglin Family to lend my support."


Country Infused With Soul! Rising Star- Allen Stone! Courtesy Photo

The Festival kicks off on Saturday, September 7th, with the scientific symposium featuring keynote Sophia Vinogradov, MD University of California, San Francisco speaking about “New Tools to Improve Brain Functioning in Psychiatric Illness: Neuroplasticity-Based Treatments and Beyond”. This session is free with prior registration. After the keynote by Vinogradov, Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., and Philip Corlett Ph. D will speak about proposals toward treating mental illnesses.


After the symposium attendees will be able to try the  world’s greatest cult wine tasting paired with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and executive chef Nai Kang Kuan of Morimoto Napa. Finishing the afternoon is an exciting concert performance by rising R&B/Soul recording star Allen Stone. San Francisco Bay Area comic, radio, TV and film personality Bob Sarlatte emcees


Chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation- Tim McGraw! Courtesy Photo

Immediately following the concert, enjoy an exclusive Napa Valley feast under the stars at the VIP post-concert dinner by chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto of celebrated Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines. 

On Sunday, September 8th the fun continues with a Food Truck Festival, hosted by John Kruk, from 1:00-3:00 pm. During this you will be able to embrace your inner ‘foodie’ and experience gourmet food trucks and pair them with Napa Valley wines and select brews!

To conclude the evening a highly anticipated performance by Tim McGraw, who is also the honorary chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation. The performance will be intimate and legendary. Following the performance an exciting food, wine & beer reception will take place. The entertaining and colorful John Kruk, former Major League Baseball star and current ESPN Baseball analyst emcees.


The Staglin family, Garen, Shannon, Shari and Brandon with the 2012 musical artist, Jermaine Jackson. Courtesy Photo

Scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Chairman of One Mind™, and Peter Chiarelli, General, US Army (retired) CEO of One Mind™.

Sponsors include: Alexis Baking Company, Aldea Children & Family Services, Bardessono Napa Valley, Beau Wine Tours, Best Western Premier, Best & Breakfast: Candle Light Inn, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Evian, Fleury Estate Winery Napa Valley, Freemark Abbey Napa Valley, Hall Napa Valley, Harvest Inn-Heart of Napa Valley, Holly Baking, International Mental Health Research Organization, Johnson & Johnson, Markham Vineyards, Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa, Meadowood Napa Valley, Meyer Sound, Moon Dance Baking, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, One Mind, Pfizer, River Terrace Inn Napa, Saintsbury, San Francisco Magazine, Soda Canyon Store, Staglin Family Vineyard, Tra Vigne, Tug McGraw Foundation, The Westin Verasa Napa, Yountville Deli Napa Valley, and Zinfandel House: Bed & Breakfast.


Festival passes begin at $750 for a one-day pass, to $6,000 for a two-day VIP pass including Saturday’s post concert VIP dinner and Sunday’s post concert VIP reception. VIP sponsor opportunities begin at $50,000. Passes are available at www.music-festival.org.



About IMHRO:

International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) is committed to raising awareness and funding research to find preventions and cures for schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder within a generation. www.imhro.org

About the Tug McGraw Foundation:

TMF was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of the disease. www.tugmcgraw.org

About One Mind:

One Mind is a new-model non-profit organization that will take the lead role in the research, funding, marketing, and public awareness of mental illness and brain injury, by bringing together the governmental, corporate, scientific, and philanthropic communities in a concerted effort to drastically reduce the social and economic effects of mental illness and brain injury within ten years. 1mind4research.org


Published on Aug 13, 2013

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