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Annual Luncheon

 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, the 2018 luncheon was held Thursday, May 3, at the Westin Galleria Hotel and honored The Hamill Foundation, a long-time supporter of Menninger and many other local organizations that are working to reduce stigma and alleviate suffering caused by mental illness. Approximately 450 guests filled the Galleria Ballroom, helping raise more than $350,000 in support of Menninger programs. 

The luncheon featured actor Sean Astin, known for his roles in The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings, who spoke about his mother Patty Duke’s struggle with bipolar disorder and her legacy as a mental health advocate. The Office of Philanthropy wishes to thank the many guests, speakers and volunteers who helped to ensure the 2018 luncheon’s success. 

Watch a tribute video to The Hamill Foundation, luncheon honoree and recipient of the 2018 Vital Balance award, and check out the photos from the luncheon.

Save the date for our next luncheon on May 2, 2019, and stay tuned for more details in the coming months.