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.
Chaired by Susie Peake
and Poppi Massey
, who are board members of The Menninger Clinic Foundation, the 13th Annual Signature Luncheon will be held Thursday, May 4, 2023, and is raising funds to establish a new Center for Addiction Medicine and Recovery on the second floor of the new Outpatient Services Center. Mental health advocate Ryan Leaf
will deliver the keynote speech at the luncheon. The event will be hosted in person at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria, as well as virtually. Sponsor a table or purchase tickets to the Annual Signature Luncheon.
Leaf, a college football standout, 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 and spurred a downward spiral of destructive behaviors. Leaf was once labeled by the sports world as the “No. 1 draft bust in NFL history” because of his struggles, which included drug use and interactions with law enforcement that eventually led to a prison sentence. He credits his time in prison as the catalyst for his journey to recovery and to ultimately make it his mission to use his story and experience to reach others in need.
“I am living proof that a better life is always possible and, with hard work and the right support, happiness and health is achievable,” said Leaf.