Each year, The Menninger Clinic’s Annual Signature Luncheon brings together the Greater Houston community to increase awareness of mental health issues and raise crucial funding for The Clinic’s research, training and outreach programs.
The 13th Annual Signature Luncheon was held May 4, 2023, in Houston and was chaired by Susie Peake
and Poppi Massey
, who are board members of The Menninger Clinic Foundation. More than 350 sponsors and guests attended the event, which raised more than $375,000 to help establish a new Center for Addiction Medicine and Recovery
Former pro football player Ryan Leaf
was the luncheon’s featured speaker and talked about his journey of recovery from addiction with emcee and journalist Steven Devadanam
. Leaf, who was a Heisman trophy finalist and second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, played four seasons in the National Football League before depression and addiction contributed to the end of his professional football career. Watch Leaf discuss his mental health challenges
and how hard work and the right support made all the difference in his recovery.