"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 $920 million to support charities, including our main cause, the Music Festival for Brain 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 Brain 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 Brain Health has raised close to $260 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 Brain Health to expand its reach by becoming the One Mind Institute. Founded by original Music Festival for Brain Health board members in the fall of 2008, One Mind Institute 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 psychiatric illness.
Music Festival for Brain Health Learn the details to our 23rd Music Festival for Brain Health, on September 16, 2017, on our website.
In 2011, Garen and Shari joined with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy to co-found One Mind for Research. Now headed by CEO General (Ret.) Peter Chiarelli, One Mind is partnering with policymakers, scientists, industry, and advocacy groups in a neuroscience "moonshot." Its aim: to dramatically accelerate brain research through open science and collaboration.
The One Mind Initiative, established by The Kennedy Forum and the One Mind Institute, is a global coalition of leaders from diverse sectors including business, medicine, research, education, law enforcement, the military and civil society. The Initiative’s first project will focus on the development and implementation of a gold standard for workplace mental health and well-being.