The River Oaks Country Club was the setting for the May 17 luncheon that raised more than $380,000 in support of The Menninger Clinic.
Attended by more than 400 guests, the event featured a panel discussion with three members of Menninger’s Young Leaders in Mental Health
committee, comprised of young healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who are passionate advocates working to destigmatize mental illness. The panelists told personal stories about their own recovery from mental illness as well as the impact on families when a family member has a mental illness.
Elizabeth McIngvale, LMSW, founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment, research and education and spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation, is a social worker pursuing a doctorate at the University of Houston.
Michael E. Hanson Jr. is co-chair of the Young Leaders in Mental Health committee. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Acton School of Business, Hanson is active in Houston’s philanthropic community, most notably as a director of the The Fondren Foundation and The Menninger Clinic Foundation.
Molly Hackett LaFauci is co-chair of the Young Leaders in Mental Health committee as well as a director of The Menninger Clinic Foundation. She also serves on the board of Mental Health America of Greater Houston.
Mistress of Ceremonies Melissa Wilson of Fox 26 News moderated the discussion, which focused on reducing stigma by educating young professionals about mental illness so that they can become advocates within their families and their communities.
Jim and Maureen Hackett, the latter of whom is a member of The Menninger Clinic's Board of Directors, served as luncheon chairs, while Texas Children’s Hospital’s Pavilion for Women was the presenting sponsor.