Seeds of Hope Gala

Please join us as we celebrate the NAMI-NYC Metro family and honor the accomplishments of the brave individuals who have worked to raise awareness of and eliminate discrimination against individuals and families living with mental illness.

Tickets are available online now — Buy your tickets here!  

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Metropolitan West
639 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
6:00-9:30 PM

Gala Highlights
— Cocktail Reception
— Silent Auction
— Seated Dinner
— Awards Presentation
— Live Musical Performance

Hosted by Darryl DMC McDaniels
Hip-Hop pioneer, author, and mental health advocate

Business/Cocktail Attire

2016 Honorees
Kenneth Dolan-Del Veccio
Vice President, Health and Wellness, Prudential Financial
For his leadership in promoting mental health wellness in the workplace which benefits employees and their families

Karen Alvarez
The Adele Anshien Volunteer of the Year
For her years of providing support and advocacy through her volunteer work as a NAMI Basics course teacher and trainer, and support group facilitator. Karen is an integral member and leader of the NAMI-NYC Metro family.

Gala Committee:
Chairs: Chad DeMartini, Andy Monshaw, Barbara Ricci, Nathan Romano, Jeff Schoenfeld
Host Committee: Hasnah Alls, Marissa Bianco, Marni Isaacson, Christian Elloie, Colby Foss, Maryclaire Grace, Kunaal Kanagal, Joshua Romano, Rima Reddy, David Shapiro, Sophy Wu

For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets offline, please complete the sponsorship and ticket form and email it to Sarah Sheahan.


Congratulations to our 2015 honorees!

Congratulations to all of our honorees, and thank you to all of our guests for another inspiring evening for the mental health community. With your support, we raised over $325,000 for NAMI-NYC Metro programming.

Chirlane McCray
First Lady of New York City
For her outstanding leadership and commitment to ensuring that mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.

Charles Lattarulo, Ph.D.
Director, Healthy Minds at American Express
For his leadership in promoting mental health to American Express employees and their families through the #IWILLLISTEN global initiative for American Express employees.

Brandon Marshall
The #IWILLLISTEN Catalyst for Change
Wide Receiver, New York Jets
For his work to spread awareness and understanding about mental illness, and commitment to reduce stigma and lead others by encouraging them to seek care.

David B. Spanier, Esq.
The Adele Anshien Volunteer of the Year
General Counsel, Dextra Baldwin Mcgonagle Foundation, Inc.
For his years of service as a board member, providing legal guidance to NAMI-NYC Metro, and as a Family-to-Family teacher