GALA 2017

DATE Jun 7, 2017

LOCATION Gotham Hall

Just Talk About It: Stories of Recovery and Success

mental health association of new york city's

25th annual gala

For 50 years the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) has been unwavering in its belief that everyone can achieve emotional wellness with the right care and support. This year at our gala we focus on those, who through words and deeds, have helped thousands achieve that goal and it is fitting that among our 2017 honorees will be the Zirinsky family. Since the beginning, they have stood side-byside with MHA-NYC to make this belief a reality. The family—led by matriarch and mental health visionary Cynthia, daughter Susan, a legendary CBS News producer, son in law Joe Peyronnin, a TV news innovator as well as vice chairman of the MHA-NYC board, and granddaughter Cynthia Eckes, a financial executive and MHA board member—has demonstrated unmatched dedication to improving the lives of those struggling with mental health issues.

Our Speakers


Bill Ritter

Award-winning journalist, Co-Anchor of WABC’s “Eyewitness News,” and Correspondent for ABC News’s “20/20”


The Zirinsky Family

Photo: Cynthia Zirinsky and Joe Peyronnin, Executive Vice-Chair of MHA-NYC Board

Dinner Chairs

Kevin J. Danehy

Global Head of Corporate Development / Executive Vice President at Brookfield

Charles P. Fitzgerald

Founder and Senior Managing Partner of V3 Capital Management, L.P.

Jennifer Ashley

Global Director, Human Resources at CBRE

Special Thanks to Giselle Stolper, Former President & CEO

On Valentine’s Day, 1990,  the Mental Health Association of New York City was changed forever.  That was the day Giselle Stolper left a career in the public sector to join the 3-person staff of the Mental Health Association of New York City.  By sheer force of sill, skill – and personality – Giselle transformed MHA-NYC, and through it, the mental health of our city.  She helped shape policy and services for our most vulnerable citizens: our children.   Today, MHA-NYC is the largest provider of these services in the city….a fact that Giselle is most proud of professionally….and personally.  She also brought the groundbreaking LifeNet service to the organization in 1995 turning it into the City’s….and later the Nation’s….premier hotline.  It was no surprise when MHA-NYC and LifeNet achieved national recognition for its lifesaving work after 9/11.

A recognized speaker and award-winning mental health innovator, Giselle has decided that after 26 years at the helm it is time to retire.  She is relinquishing her role in favor of a successor who will bring fresh eyes and new perspectives to the organization that she helped build.

As for her original staff of three and budget of $250,000, MHA-NYC has become a force of over 300 dedicated employees and an annual budget of nearly 30 million dollars.

Please join us in recognizing Giselle Stolper at the 2017 MHA-NYC for more than a quarter century of life enhancing work to promote mental wellness for all.

Last Year's Gala 2016: The Many Faces of Mental Health

On Tuesday, April 12, over 500 business, civic, and government leaders came together for our 2016 Gala, The Many Faces of Mental Health, to call attention to the diversity of people who grapple with mental health challenges and to celebrate the innovative leaders, programs, and technologies bringing treatment, support, hope, and health to those striving to achieve emotional wellness.

The faces of mental health are all around us. They are veterans, athletes, students, co-workers, senior citizens, and family members. They can be seen on the battlefield, on the sports field, at school, at work, and at the grocery store. All of us as a community must provide support for those who need it.

Gala Press Release

July 15, 2014
MHA-NYC Gala Recognizes Corporate Leaders Committed to Hiring Veterans

Honoring Longtime Advocate for Veterans and their Families Gregory J. Fleming, President, Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management, and Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta  ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff, and Lee Woodruff to Host Gala NEW YORK, NY – July 15, 2014: On October 1, the Mental Health Association of New […]

April 17, 2013
MHA-NYC to Hold “Where There is Help, There is Hope” Gala Event On June 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City

Honoring Longtime Veteran’s Advocate Kenneth Fisher Honoree Kenneth Fisher NEW YORK, NY – April 17, 2013 – The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is holding its annual benefit gala on June 6th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event, “Where There is Help, There is Hope” highlights MHA-NYC’s 50 years of providing people […]

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