Seeds of Hope Gala

What a night!

Thank you for your tremendous outpouring of love and support for families and individuals affected by mental illness. You changed lives.


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Check out photos from the Seeds of Hope Gala!

Seeds of Hope Gala Photos

Both Almarie and Pam came to NAMI-NYC to find help supporting their family members. They found support for themselves. Now they give support to others who need our help.

Building Better Lives - NAMI-NYC 2019

1 in 5 adults are impacted by mental illness every year. The other 4 are family and friends. Almarie and Pam talk about how NAMI-NYC helped them. And what a difference NAMI-NYC makes every day.

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Honorees and Special Guests for 2019 Seeds of Hope

Innovation Awardee
Roni Frank
Co-Founder of Talkspace

Roni Frank headshot

Founded with the mission to make therapy available for all, Talkspace’s innovative use of technology in their HIPAA-compliant online therapy platform, has opened access to mental health services for many people who would otherwise not be able to seek help. We are pleased to honor Talkspace for their commitment to eliminating stigma and opening access to therapy for all who need and want it.

Ending the Silence Awardee
Paul Dalio

Paul Dalio, Awardee

Paul Dalio is a New York-based writer, director and composer. He received his BA in screenwriting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and MFA at the NYU graduate filmmaking program where he met his wife and collaborator, Kristina, as well as his professor, Spike Lee who became a mentor and executive producer of his debut feature, “Touched with Fire,” inspired by Paul’s struggle overcoming bipolar. Paul wrote, directed, scored and edited the film which premiered at SXSW 2015 and was released theatrically in February 2016. It was critically well received, a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The film had a big impact on the mental health community, receiving 11 awards from a variety of mental health organizations. Paul is currently working on a multi-media project combining short form, film and TV, produced by Spike Lee and Jon Avnet, dealing with the conflict in the Middle East. Paul does public speaking and advocacy work with mental health organizations and lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Guest Performance By
Ryan Star
Singer & Songwriter
Co-Founder & CEO of Stationhead
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Ryan Star is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stationhead, a platform that is revolutionizing the way people consume, create, and interact with audio. As CEO, he has led Stationhead in all facets of the business from inception, building a thriving global user base and elite team along the way. Prior to Stationhead, he was solely focused on his decorated career as a musician where he was a top ten Billboard charting artist, BMI award winner and toured the world with artists like Maroon 5, Bon Jovi and Imagine Dragons. While leading the Stationhead team, R. Star still hops out to his favorite NYC venues to play surprise shows for his fans.
Click the link to listen to ‘Stay Awhile’ by Ryan Star:

Hosted By
Stacey Griffith
Senior Master Instructor, SoulCycle
Best-Selling Author, “Two Turns From Zero”
“The Way” Podcast Co-Host

Stacey Griffith’s motivation and energy have earned her a devoted following both in and out of SoulCycle’s studio. She teaches over 900 classes a year, and is the author of Two Turns From Zero, documenting her journey through addiction to sobriety and becoming a successful SoulCycle senior master instructor. She advocates for becoming your best self—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

For donation or sponsorship questions, please contact Sarah Sheahan at or 212-684-3365 ext. 207.

Thank you to our 2019 Seeds of Hope sponsors!

Champion: Dalio Philanthropies | Talkspace
Partner: The DeMartini Family | The Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation | Steven & Shelley Einhorn
Platinum: HBO | Stacy & Jason Helfstein | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | Nathan Romano & Stine Welhaven | Publicis Health | Jeffrey Schoenfeld & Matt Holbein | Howard Spilko
Gold: Bank of America Merrill Lynch | Citco | Credit Suisse | EmblemHealth | Goldman Sachs | Gracie Square Hospital | Life is Priceless Foundation | Publicis Health | UBS | York Capital Management
Corporate: Beacon Health Options | CBS | Coordinated Behavioral Care | Deloitte | Empire BlueCross BlueShield | Oberland | Otsuka | United HealthCare | WellCare
Additional Support Provided By: American Psychological Association | GFP Real Estate, LLC | Lyfebulb | Maimonides | Services for the Underserved | Sunovion

Thank you to our 2019 Seeds of Hope in-kind sponsors!

Acme Smoked Fish
Bridget Everett
Botticelli Portrait Studio
The Brooklyn Teacup
Curated by Club Prive NYC
The Dough Project
Erika Bloom Pilates
General Assembly
Stacey Griffith
Katherine Ponte
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Luke’s Lobster
Maman NYC

Mark Pomerantz
Masana Portrait Artwork NYC
McKay Williamson Fine Art
Narwhal Charters
The New York Jets
Nina Bauer Collection
Sloomoo Institute
Smashbox Cosmetics
Xtend Barre

Gala Host Committee

Dinner Chair: Stacy Helfstein
Ariel Davis | Emily Gindi | Maryclaire Grace | Edythe Hughes | Lauren Levison | Josh Romano | Claire Rost | Sophy Wu

Edythe and John share their stories…

Of mental illness, of despair, of NAMI-NYC, and of hope.

Building Better Lives

1 in 5 adults are impacted by mental illness every year. Edythe and John talk about their families' struggles and triumphs, and how NAMI-NYC made hope possible.

Board of Directors

Nathan Romano, President | David Shapiro, Vice President | Andrew Monshaw, Treasurer | Michele Allison, Secretary

Christopher Condelles | Chad DeMartini | John DeNatale | Kunaal Kanagal | Alison Kaplan | Cornelia Kiley | Colleen Lauria | Howard Lenn | Eric Leventhal | Gregory Leveto | Katherine Ponte | Timothy Price | Raymond Schwartz | Mark St. George | Drew Train