Seeds of Hope Gala

Join us as we celebrate the NAMI-NYC Metro family on Wednesday, November 16th at the Metropolitan West from 6:00PM-9:30PM.


Tickets/Tables are now available for The Seeds of Hope Annual Awards Gala — Buy your tickets here!  

Gala Highlights
Cocktail Reception | Silent Auction | Seated Dinner | Awards Presentation | Live Music

Business/Cocktail Attire


Hosted by: Darryl DMC McDaniels
One of the pioneers of Hip-Hop culture and a founding member of Run-DMC, Darryl is an author and mental health advocate. He recently published his memoir, Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide.


ken-dolan-delvecchioKen Dolan-Del Vecchio
Vice President, Health and Wellness, Prudential Financial
Ken is a national thought leader on workplace mental health. As a member of Prudential’s Health and Wellness executive team, he has been instrumental in creating a culture of employee well-being, benefiting both employees and their families. He has also been an active participant in NAMI-NYC Metro’s Workplace Mental Health Summit series.





Karen Alvarez
The Adele Anshien Volunteer
NAMI Basics teacher and trainer, support group facilitator, and chairperson on the Family Advisory Board, Karen came to NAMI-NYC Metro in 2011 in need of support for her 13-year old daughter. Since then, she has taught NAMI Basics over 20 times and recently took a trip to Albany for Advocacy Day. “Walking through the door of NAMI feels like coming home. It’s always there, always supportive, even if the individuals change.”




The Seeds of Hope Gala is sponsored in part by the following generous supporters:

Chairs: The Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation | Richard DeMartini & Jenny Brorsen | James G. Dinan & Elizabeth Miller | Prudential Financial

Co-Chair: Chad DeMartini

Vice-Chairs:  Michael Halpern | Andrew Monshaw | Barbara Ricci | Nathan Romano | Jeffery Schoenfeld

Corporate support has been provided by the following:

Empire BlueCross Blueshield | UnitedHealthcare | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | Deutsche Bank Women’s Network | CBS Corporation | Beacon Health Options | Newmark Holdings | Gracie Square Hospital | J. Walter Thompson | New York-Presbyterian Hospital | LifeCare | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Host Committee: Hasnah Alls | Marissa Bianco | Christian Elloie | Colby Foss | Maryclaire Grace | Marni Isaacson | Kunaal Kanagal | Rima Reddy | Joshua Romano | David Shapiro | Sophy Wu

Tickets begin at $500. For sponsorship opportunities and sales, please contact Sarah Sheahan: or 212.684.3365 x 207 or complete the ticket and sponsorship form


All proceeds benefit NAMI-NYC Metro’s no-cost support and education programming for individuals and families. 


Click here to buy your tickets!


The Seeds of Hope event is sponsored in part by the following generous supporters:

Prudential Financial | The Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation | Empire BlueCross BlueShield | UntiedHealthcare | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | CBS Corporation | Beacon Health Options  | Gracie Square Hospital | LifeCare | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

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