The 15th annual Staglin Family Vineyard Music Festival for Mental Health will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Staglin Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley town of Rutherford.
The event will feature performances by legendary rock and roll queen Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
Celebrating 15 years, the Staglin Family Vineyard Music Festival is the highest grossing fund-raising event related to wine without an auction, with a 14-year total, including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, surpassing $90 million.
The festival begins at noon with a scientific symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Helen Mayberg, Professor of Psychiatry Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Immediately after the symposium, wine country superstar chef Douglas Keane of world-renowned Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg will delight attendees with passed hors d’oeuvres during the “world’s best cult wine-tasting” in the Staglin barrel caves.
Following the tasting will be the energetic musical performance by one of the queens of rock and roll, Pat Benatar, appearing with Neil Giraldo and performing her classic hits “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Live For Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and more.
Completing the experience, guests will enjoy a northwestern Italian-style dinner under the stars prepared by renowned chef Staffan Terje of San Francisco’s Perbacco Restaurant at the VIP post-concert dinner.
Bob Sarlatte, noted Bay Area comedian and performer, regular guest on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and field announcer for the San Francisco 49ers, will emcee the 2009 event.
All revenues will go to support mental health research projects throughout the nation.
“The Music Festival is becoming a national leader in the search for new approaches to mental illness,” stated Dr. Sam Barondes, Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at UCSF.