Seeds of Hope Gala

Watch this video and hear Edythe and John share their stories.

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.

The Seeds of Hope Annual Awards Gala benefits NAMI-NYC’s programs that are available free of charge to anyone who needs them.

You can still help New Yorkers impacted by mental illness build better lives by making a donation. Click here to make a difference today – thank you!

Our Host

Andy Adler

Andy Adler

Andy Adler is the sports director and a sports anchor for PIX11 News. She also hosts the pre-game for the Giants, Yankees, and Jets.


Laura Young

Goldman Sachs and Laura Young

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.

Dr. Ian Shaffer

Healthfirst and Dr. Ian Shaffer

Innovation in Service 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

Barbara Ricci

Mental Health Visionary Award

As former Board President of NAMI-NYC, Barbara 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 their mental wellness.

Thank you to our Seeds of Hope Gala Supporters

Champion: Goldman Sachs
Partner: The DeMartini Family | Healthfirst
Platinum: Jeff Schoenfeld and Matt Holbein
Gold: Beacon Health Options | CBS Corporation | HBO | Life Is Priceless Foundation | Andrew and Susan Monshaw | Nathan Romano
Silver: Empire BlueCross BlueShield | Talkspace | UnitedHealthcare

Board of Directors

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

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

Host Committee

Nigel Barker | Torrey DeVitto | Cat Greenleaf | Mädchen Amick | Imani McGee-Stafford | Darryl DMC McDaniels

Dinner Committee

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