NAMI-NYC (local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) today announced that New York Times bestselling author, actress, and activist, Busy Philipps, will be the special guest at its 40th-anniversary fundraising gala, “Seeds of Hope: Families Helping Families,” on Monday, October 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery). Philipps, a recent New York resident and host of her widely popular podcast, Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best, will join executive director Matt Kudish onstage for a candid conversation about her own mental health journey.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Busy Philipps to our ‘Seeds of Hope’ stage and hear firsthand about her personal journey with mental health,” said Kudish. “Busy speaks purely from the heart and doesn’t mince words for her listeners and followers. Her real talk embodies what we set out to do as a peer-led support organization: listen openly and help those struggling, emerge stronger on the other side with the knowledge and support they can use in their own lives. Will there be laughs and tears? I certainly hope so!”

SoulCycle Master Instructor Stacey Griffith hosts the gala event with appearances by NYC Council Member Linda Lee, auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla, and Leah McSweeney, mental health advocate, author (“Chaos Theory”), and star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.” The 2022 “Seeds of Hope” honorees include Andy & Susan Monshaw (“Building Better Lives” award) and Alight Solutions (“Corporate Leadership” award).

NAMI-NYC helps nearly 23,000 families and individuals build better lives annually with its FREE programs and services, including during the pandemic when New Yorkers were challenged by loss, food and housing insecurity, depression, grief, anxiety, and other related mental health conditions.

2022 corporate sponsors: Aetna, Aigner Chocolates, Alight Solutions, Baccarat Hotel, Dagne Dover, First Aid Beauty, HRP, Kramer Levin, Publicis Health, Warner Bros. Discovery, The William Vale.

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