Seeds of Hope Gala

Please join us as we celebrate NAMI-NYC Metro and those who are helping us Build Better Lives on Wednesday, October 10th at the Met West, 6:00-10:00 PM.

Tickets/Tables are now available!

The Seeds of Hope Annual Awards Gala benefits NAMI-NYC’s programs for individuals and families living with mental illness.


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Sheahan at or 212-684-3365 x207.

Gala Highlights:

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

Business/Cocktail Attire

Our Host

Andy Adler

Sports Director and Anchor for PIX11 News. She is also the host of “One on One with Andy Adler” appearing bi-weekly on and the pre-game shows for the Giants, Yankees, and Jets on PIX11 News.


Goldman Sachs

Corporate Leadership Award

NAMI-NYC applauds Goldman Sachs for building an inclusive environment that addresses the importance of resilience and wellness in the workplace. Their efforts are leading the way in mental health awareness, promoting positive well-being, and reducing stigma.

Healthfirst and Dr. Ian Shaffer

Innovation in Service Delivery Award

NAMI-NYC is pleased to recognize Dr. Shaffer and Healthfirst for their leadership, vision, and commitment to meeting the needs of families and individuals living with mental health issues.

Barbara Ricci

Mental Health Visionary Award

As former Board President of NAMI-NYC, Ms. Ricci led efforts to connect government and business with NAMI-NYC. Her leadership on a series of CEO and workplace mental health summits helped employers create the tools and resources their employees and families need to support of mental wellness.

Our supporters include:

Champion: Goldman Sachs

Partner: Healthfirst

Gold: CBS Corporation | Beacon Health Options | Nathan Romano | Andy & Susan Monshaw

Silver: Empire BlueCross BlueShield | Maimonides Medical Center | UnitedHealthcare

Board of Directors

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

Jeffrey Borenstein | Chad DeMartini | John DeNatale | Kunaal Kanagal | Alison Kaplan | Patricia Lawler Kenet | Cornelia Kiley | Colleen Lauria | Linda Lee | Howard Lenn | Eric Leventhal | Jay Neugeboren | Katherine Ponte | Timothy B. Price | Raymond Schwartz | Mark F. St. George | Drew Train

Host Committee

Nigel Barker | Cat Greenleaf | Mädchen Amick | Imani McGee-Stafford

Dinner Committee

David Delahunt | Kelsie DeFrancia | Maryclaire Grace | Edythe Hughes | Kapil Kanagal | Cara Mikkelsen | Hudi Miller | Ashley Paston | Joshua Romano

Ending the Silence - 2017

Ending the Silence teaches middle and high school students about mental health. Matt and Neena are Ending the Silence presenters.