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Southern California inaugural Los Angeles events were organized by Hal and Patsy Hollister, longtime NARSAD board members and the founders of NARSAD Artworks. The Hollisters' involvement with NARSAD began not long after their daughter, Annick, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 16.  She was the motivation behind their interest in NARSAD and the inspiration behind Artworks which they founded in 1990.  Since that time, a large group of Southern Californians have joined this volunteer effort to bring NARSAD’s message of Hope Through Research to the West Coast through the establishment of the annual Silver Ribbon Symposium and Gala.


The Silver Ribbon is trademarked to promote awareness for the need of support for persons affected by a brain disorder or disability.  NARSAD presents Silver Ribbon Awards to individuals, programs, institutions and organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution in support of those with neuropsychiatric disorders or mental illness.



is leading the fight against mental illness by funding innovative scientific research on the causes, treatment and prevention of a range of mental disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, autism, ADD/ADHD, and other adult and childhood disorders. When NARSAD began in 1987 as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, it was a small movement of family and friends of the mentally ill determined to find the answers to severe mental illnesses. In just 20 years, through the generosity and commitment of thousands of donors, NARSAD has become the world’s largest donor-supported charity dedicated to funding research on mental disorders. The organization has provided more than $200 million in research grants to nearly 2,500 scientists at more than 400 leading research centers in the United States and 25 other countries.



November 8-9, 2008
3rd Annual Silver Ribbon Symposium and Gala

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2008 Sponsorship

Steve and Constance Lieber

Roberta Conroy
Harold and Patricia Hollister
Tom and Sheila Rabaut
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Lewis Baxter MD
Mary Eserich
Felix and Cathy Goldberg
Carol Liess (Homes for Life Foundation)
NAMI Glendale


Click here for the 2008 Silver Ribbon Symposium Program

Click here for a look back to the 2nd Annual Silver Ribbon Gala and Symposium, including summaries of the symposium presentations


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