Our 25th Annual Gala

Our 25th Annual Gala


Our 25th Annual Gala: Just Talk About It

Last year, MHA-NYC’s 25th Annual Gala, Just Talk About It: Stories of Recovery and Success, brought hundreds of business, policy, and mental health leaders to Gotham Hall in Manhattan, focused on the power of “just talking about” mental health, and celebrated several mental health champions whose inspiring words and deeds have helped others find hope and care.

It was our privilege to honor First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray for her extraordinary vision and commitment to mental health with the launch of ThriveNYC, including its signature program, NYC Well. New York Giants Wide-Receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi Marshall were recognized for their passionate mental health advocacy, changing the lives of thousands of young people and their families who do not know where to turn for help. The Zirinsky family—including Cynthia Zirinsky, Susan Zirinsky, Joe Peyronnin, and Cynthia Eckes—was honored for their unmatched support of MHA-NYC and incredible mental health philanthropy for over three generations and five decades.

And, former President and CEO of MHA-NYC Giselle Stolper was recognized for her singular commitment to making MHA-NYC the organization it is today.

Dinner chairs Jennifer Ashley of CBRE; Kevin Danehy of Brookfield; and Charles P. Fitzgerald of V3 Capital Management helped make the evening an incredible success, and raised over $500,000 to fund MHA-NYC’s life saving programs. In addition to exceeding its fundraising goal, the event brought the conversation about mental health issues out into the open and demonstrated how simply talking can lead others to take action and achieve wellness.