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 mental health and eliminate discrimination against individuals and families living with mental illness.


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Seeds of Hope Gala 2017 October 11 2017 at Metropolitan Pavilion West

Gala Highlights: 6pm-9:30pm

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


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Darryl DMC McDaniels

One of the pioneers of Hip-Hop culture and founding member of Run-DMC. An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, DMC has been open with his own struggles and triumphs over mental illness. He will take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime special NAMI-NYC performance!



Special Guest

Chirlane McCray

First Lady of New York City, Ms. McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the US. She is recognized nationally as a powerful champion for mental health reform.

All proceeds enable us to provide NAMI-NYC Metro’s support and education programming for individuals and families living with mental illness, throughout New York City, all at no cost to them.


Gala Chairs: Nathan Romano | The DeMartini Family
Vice Chairs: Jeff Schoenfeld and Matt Holbein
Co-Chairs:  Andy and Susan Monshaw | Cornelia Kiley | HBO

Additional corporate support provided by:  Empire BlueCross BlueShield | UnitedHealthcare | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | CBS Corporation | Gracie Square Hospital | New York‐Presbyterian Hospital | Oberland

Board of Directors: President, Nathan Romano | Vice Presidents, Lisa Dixon, MD, and David S. Shapiro | Treasurer, Andrew P. Monshaw | Secretary, Michele Allison | Michael L. Birnbaum, MD | Jeffrey Borenstein, MD | Chad DeMartini | John DeNatale | Craig Dinsell | Jessica Hunt | Erica Hutchins Coe | Kunaal Kanagal | Alison Kaplan | Patricia Lawler Kenet | Linda Lee | Howard Lenn | Eric Leventhal | Ilene Margolin | Jay Neugeboren | Timothy B. Price | Barbara Ricci | Raymond Schwartz | Mark F. St. George | Drew Train