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Annual Luncheon

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 Sean Astin
Each year, The Menninger Clinic’s Annual Signature Luncheon brings together the Greater Houston community to increase awareness of mental health issues and to raise crucial funding for The Clinic’s research and training programs.
 
Chaired by Menninger Clinic Foundation board member Kathy Neblett, this year’s luncheon will be held Thursday, May 3, at the Westin Galleria Hotel and honors The Hamill Foundation, a long-time supporter of Menninger and many other organizations in our community that are working to reduce stigma and alleviate suffering caused by mental illness. 

Sean Astin will serve as the luncheon’s Signature Speaker. An award-winning actor, director and producer, Sean has captivated American audiences for more than 30 years. He is well known for his roles in The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings and often portrays unlikely heroes who are ordinary people yet do extraordinary things. Most recently, he starred as Winona Ryder’s endearing on-screen boyfriend, Bob Newby, in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things.

One of Sean’s greatest inspirations is his mother, the late legendary actress Patty Duke, who struggled for years with bipolar disorder before being diagnosed in 1982. Patty was among the first celebrities to publicly speak about her mental illness and later became a lifelong advocate for mental health issues. 
 
Sean will share memories of living with Patty through the depths of her depression and the highs of her mania and will offer a unique perspective into the ways his family fought together for a more hopeful future.

To purchase tables or tickets, or to learn more about the 2018 Annual Signature Luncheon, contact Special Events Manager Charlotte Fostey at 713-275-5617 or events@menninger.edu or purchase your ticket below.

If you are unable to attend the luncheon, you can still make a donation in support of the event.