I'm sure you'd agree that ‘sunshine, music, and wine’ sounds like a grand ol’ time, however once paired with meaningful charities the sentiment that comes over you is monumental, inspiring, and will surely deliver an incomparable experience. Many supporters relocated to the Staglin Family Vineyard for ‘The 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health’ which raised approximately $2.8 million to benefit the International Mental Health Research Organization (“IMHRO”), One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation- which supports research, education, treatment, and fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness and brain disorders. In addition to this year the combined 19-year total in direct and leveraged funds to approximately $157 million to date.
To kick off the event, Saturday was an amazing day which featured the scientific symposium, where guests were able to do a Q&A with multiple speakers such as Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.,UCSF as well as Philip Corlett, Ph.D and Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. Followed by a wine tasting reception in the cave where guests were spoiled by trying tasty bites from Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Nai Kang Kuan of Morimoto Napa paired with wines from over 75 wineries.
Described as a ‘pitch-perfect powerhouse’ Allen Stone delivered an ‘on your feet’ performance. The ‘hippie with soul’ took the crowd by storm with his energy and undeniable talent which encouraged all in attendance. Many were left in awe, and was the perfect way to transition into what was in store for the remainder of the day.
In the latter part of the evening VIPs indulged into pure decadence, a four-course meal provided by chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto of celebrated Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. The superb soiree consisted of distinctive creations such as: creole Louisiana snapping turtle soup, leg of lamb parcel, sweet potato puree, sauce perigueux, and much more. Of course the meal was paired with the finest of wines.
The final day guests were able to have ‘fun in the sun’. Upon entering, the vineyard was surrounded by food trucks by some of our favorite places such as: The Melt, Jelly Belly, Kara’s Cupcakes, Dim Sum Charlies, Pop Chips, Presto! Azzurro, and Taqueria Garcia. In addition to the wines that either delivered an expressive, bold, full-bodied flavor or a crisp, light, floral undergo, beers were also on deck. Breweries included: Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, Lost Coast, Markstein, and Stella Artois.
Following the ‘food truck fest’ guests relocated to the concert area where ‘The Silverado Pickups’ and Tim McGraw performed. "We had so much fun with our first year with the Festival, and can't wait for 2014," stated Jennifer Brusstar, co-founder and CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation. "Watching the audience tear up as he dedicated Live Like You Were Dying to all who are committed in accelerating cure and treatments demonstrated that he is more than just an artist. He is helping create change."
“I was honored to perform at this important event and lend my support 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 and other traumatic brain injuries. The Staglin family, IMHRO, One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation are doing great work to help combat these disorders and the stigmas attached to them, and I encourage everyone to help in any way they can.”
The event was sponsored by: Alexis Baking Company, Aldea Children & Family Services, Auberge du Soleil, Banyan Biomarkers, Bardessono, Beau Wine Tours, Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel, Candlelight Inn, Cheveron, Cuvaison, Evian, Fleury Estate Winery, Freemark Abbey, Frye’s Printing, HALL Winery, Harvest Inn, Hint Water, Holly Baking Co., Honig Winery, Jelly Belly, Markham Vineyards, Marriott Napa Valley, Meadowood, Meyer Sound, Moon Dance Baking Company, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Napa Winery Inn, One Mind for Research, Pfizer, Riedel, River Terrace Inn, Road Dog Touring, Saintsbury, San Francisco Magazine, Silverado Pickups Band, Soda Canyon Store, Smoakville, Staglin Family Vineyard, Sunshine Foods, Sweetie Pies Bakery, Tra Vigne, Trader Joes’s, The Girl & The Fig, The Tug McGraw Foundation, UCSF Medical Center, Vintage Inn, Westin Verasa, Young Jets, Yountville Deli, Zinfandel House, and 99.3 The Vine/KVON 1440 AM.
Thanks to all that came out and gave their support! The journey is half the battle; however, through continuous support, research and strong willed events such as this, the struggle will be miniscule. Cheers to a wonderful weekend full of nothing less than inspiration, influential, and monumental moments.
For additional information on the festival, please visit: www.music-festival.org
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