Seeds of Hope Gala

The space was lovely, the people excited, and the energy electric! October 11 was our Seeds of Hope Gala 2017, and what a night it was! Andy Adler brought her A-game as host, and our speakers were engaging and inspiring. Each one brought so much to the event. To see the room filled with raised hands as Chirlane McCray asked, “How many know someone who has been affected by mental illness?” To feel the compassion in DMC’s voice when he said, “If we speak up, we can heal people. You are not alone!” And how lucky we all were to experience DMC’s special, once-in-a-lifetime performance exclusively for the NAMI-NYC family—nothing to do but Walk This Way through that!

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


Business/Cocktail Attire


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 - 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.

Our Host

Andy Adler -- Gala host

Andy Adler

Andy Adler is the sports director and anchor for PIX11 News. She is excited to join us for the evening and stand up with you in support of mental health.

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 | HBO | PwC

Additional corporate support provided by:  Empire BlueCross BlueShield | UnitedHealthcare | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | CBS Corporation | Gracie Square Hospital | Newmark Holdings | New York‐Presbyterian Hospital | Oberland | NCheng | Services for the Underserved | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation | Visiting Nurse Service of New York | Koved Care | Northeast Business Group on Health | TMS Centers of America

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