Thursday, May 19, 2011

Striking A Chord With John Mayer-John Teams with Nile Rogers and We Are Family Foundation to Support Troops

Seven (7) time Grammy-award winning musician, John Mayer headlined a benefit supporting Fisher House, NCIRE (Northern California Institute of Research and Education)/The Veterans Health Research Institute and the We Are Family Foundation in NYC on May 16, 2011. The event brought much needed attention and awareness to the affects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on soldiers and the power of music to start the healing process. 

A screening of the film Striking A Chord, co-produced by award winning documentary filmmaker, Susan Cohn Rockefeller and We Are Family Foundation was followed by a panel discussion on PTSD moderated by Gerry Byrne, media executive, entrepreneur and former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam Veteran. Panelists include Dr. Shira Maguen, Lt. Colonel Scott Rainey, and Lt. Col. Scott Leonard. The highlight of the evening was a "lively" live auction (see above video)and acoustical performance by John Mayer. John also gave a witty and uplifting speech about his passion to help troops suffering from PTSD. He has demonstrated his concern in several prior events,including a benefit concert in San Diego, the annual John Mayer Trio Holiday Revue as well as a special appearance at Fort Pendleton where he spoke before a large group of veterans under treatment for the disorder.