Fountain House, winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, hosted its 15th Anniversary Symposium and Luncheon at The Pierre on Monday, April 30th. The topic for this year’s event was Food For Thought: Eating Disorders & The Brain. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Considerable strides have been made in the treatment of these disorders, and recovery is possible.
Over the past fifteen years, the Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon has become New York’s premier lay forum addressing the issues of serious mental illness. This year, Fountain House honored Marya Hornbacher, a mental health advocate, award-winning essayist, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of five books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. In Wasted, Marya writes about her five hospitalizations, extensive therapy, and the loss of family, friends, and jobs as she struggled with anorexia and bulimia. Many have said that Wasted is a book that saves lives.
Honoree Marya Hornbacher accepting the Fountain House Humanitarian Award from Carolyn Mackenzie
Consuelo Mack, the Founder, Executive Producer and Anchor of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, was the Master of Ceremonies. Fountain House was privileged to have three excellent panelists: Evelyn Attia, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, Director, Center for Eating Disorders, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Co-Author, Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders, Brian Cuban, Attorney and Author of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder and The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption, and Graham W. Redgrave, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Residency Education and Assistant Director, Eating Disorders Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Evelyn Attia, Brian Cuban, Consuelo Mack, and Dr. Graham Redgrave
Close to 600 guests attended and the event raised $1 million to support Fountain House programming and their innovative approach to improving the lives of people with serious mental illness. The Symposium and Luncheon was established to advance community knowledge of mental illness and reduce the associated stigma, and to raise vital funds for Fountain House’s innovative employment, education, and housing, and wellness programs.
Video of the event can be viewed here:
The dedicated Chairs who worked tirelessly to ensure this event’s success were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Carolyn B. MacKenzie, Anne Mai, Jennifer Oken, Florence Peyrelongue, and Ilyse Wilpon. Founding Chairs are Lorna Hyde Graev and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD.