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Learn. Connect. Support Mental Health.

NAMI Eastside's annual fundraiser will be held this October in Redmond, and serve as a reminder of the healing power of togetherness. We are in our first year at the new Together Center, a first-of-its-kind take on community support, and this event will benefit and enrich the minds that make that community. Take a little time to learn a lot and make meaningful connections on October 5th. 

Guests at our luncheon this year will be doing an invaluable service to us all by supporting NAMI Eastside's mission to provide mental health support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in our community.

Special Guests

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2021 to serve as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States. As the Nation's Doctor, he took the office's mission seriously to help lay the foundation for a healthier country, and he has been especially diligent about safeguarding the mental health of our Nation's youth. 

Raised in Miami, Dr. Murthy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, and his MD from the Yale School of Medicine. He is a renowned physician, research scientist, entrepreneur, and even a mango aficionado, but notably, he is the author of the bestselling book Together: "The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World".


Congresswoman Kim Schrier

Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. represents the 8th congressional district that includes much of the Eastside. She is a pediatrician by practice, but a politician fueled by passion, who ran for office for the first time in 2018 after 16 years at Virgina Mason Medical Center in Issaquah. Informed advocacy on healthcare issues is a core aspect of NAMI, and she is a prime example of this. In 2022, U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D., the only two women doctors in Congress, introduced the Supporting Children’s Mental Health Care Access Act to help address the crisis in children’s mental health care exacerbated by the pandemic.

Featured Panel

State Senator Manka Dhingra

45th Legislative District

Councilmember Sarah Perry

King County Council

District 3

Brook Buettner

Executive Director,

Regional Crisis Response Agency

Coming Together

This year's theme of Coming Together is inspired by the times we are living in, and a call for us to recognize a real mental health crisis and loneliness epidemic in America. Like many growing trends, the loneliness damaging the mental (and physical) health of many was accelerated by the pandemic.


Our luncheon will be focused on addressing this issue, and is influenced by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy's book "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a sometimes Lonely World".


In his book, Dr. Murthy tells stories of loneliness he encountered across the world. He traveled the country and abroad to talk to everyone from scientists to children, and looked to the latest science to better understand why people are feeling so disconnected. It's no surprise, that in our increasingly complex world, Murthy found equally complex forces contributing to loneliness.


While complex, NAMI Eastside is committed to playing our role in the community healing process, and it is centered around connection, community, truly hearing, and truly sharing. Our support groups and classes are an amazing way to fight this epidemic with genuine connection, but most people have never heard of NAMI. With this luncheon, we intend to do our part to educate, learn, and inspire. We also hope those that have grown alongside us can help us continue to fuel the fire. 


Humans are social creatures: in this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness.

That obvious, but bold statement from Murthy is exactly what we mean to dive into this October. We might not solve it over lunch, but it's worth trying. Join us.


This year's annual fundraiser will take place on October 5th, 2023 at 12PM


The Marriott Hotel in Redmond Ballroom 1-3


FREE parking is available in one of three parking areas located on the north, south, and west sides of the property.


The north and west garages are three levels with access.

See the main map for locations.


Business Casual

Support Our Work

This year’s theme of “Coming Together" alludes to one of the core missions of this conference and NAMI Eastside. The Luncheon is built to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health for all age groups. Reminding people to speak their mind is not only encouragement to be open and honest about your mental health, but it is also recognition that prior generations can learn from this one.


Join us for a fantastic afternoon at NAMI Eastside's Annual Fundraiser Luncheon 2023!

This highly anticipated event will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 12PM in the beautiful city of Redmond, WA. We are excited to welcome you to our venue located at 7401 164th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience filled with delicious food, inspiring speakers, and heartwarming stories.

By attending this event, you will be supporting NAMI Eastside's mission to provide mental health support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in our community.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a difference while enjoying a delightful luncheon with like-minded individuals. Mark your calendars and get ready for an event that will leave a lasting impact!


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