There is no shortage of glitzy events by the Napa Valley’s wine elite, but the annual music festival sponsored by Garen and Shari Staglin may be the most poignant.
The Staglins, owners of Staglin Family Vineyard, pause at harvest time to do right by their 38-year-old son and the millions more in this world who suffer serious mental illness.
Brandon Staglin was laid low by schizophrenia when he was a freshman at Dartmouth College in 1990. The news staggered his parents who had shared Brandon’s dream for a high-achieving career as an astronautical engineer.
“Oh my God, what are we going to do?” Garen Staglin recalled thinking.
“We thought it was a big mistake,” Shari Staglin said. “We were out of town. He was fine when we left. He wasn’t fine when we got back.”
Read more here: Spurred by a son’s schizophrenia, Staglins raise millions for mental health.
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