SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

C H I C AG O C U LT U R A L C E N T E R
A SPECIAL EVENING IN SUPPORT OF COMPREHENSIVE
MENTAL HEALTHCARE FOR VETERANS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
B E N E F I T CO - C H A I R S :
PE TER & SOFIA WESTMEYER
MEREDITH MELLING & ZACH ISCOL
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“”

The toughest thing about dealing with PTSD is admitting
you have a problem. And thanks to Headstrong, once I did,
I’ve been provided with exactly what they promised - the cost,
bureaucracy and stigma free treatment I needed...

“”

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Coming home from war is not easy.Through a partnership withWeill Cornell Medical Center, the Headstrong Project
provides cost-free, bureaucracy-free, and confidential mental healthcare treatment to Iraq and Afghanistan combat
veterans.
T H E N U M BE R S A R E S TAGGER I N G
Nearly 400,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as of
December 31, 2015. The VA estimates we lose 22.7 veterans a day to suicide with 41% higher risk of suicide for
deployed veterans compared to the general U.S. population.
HeadstrongProject’sintegratedindividuallytailoredtreatmentprogramallowsveteranstochoosedifferentmodalities
oftreatment:individual,group,oronlinesessions.Notonlydoestheveteranreceivetreatmentbutthereisalsosupport
available for their loved ones. Headstrong Project practices state of the art therapy techniques such as Eye Movement
DesensitizationandReprocessing(EMDR),whichemploysbilateralstimulationwhilethepatientisrecallingtraumatic
memories, allowing the brain to process effectively.We also offer substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, affect
regulation instruction, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
To combat the growing number of veterans with PTSD the Headstrong Project continues to expand into different
cities throughout the United States. Currently the headstrong Project has nine clinicians in the NewYork metro area
and ten in the San Diego area. Clinicians range from psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers.

MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM
ZACH ISCOL

EXE CUTI V E D I R EC TOR
Zach is the executive director of The Headstrong Project, a non-profit partnered with Weill
CornellMedicalCentertofundanddevelopcomprehensivementalhealthcareprogramstotreat
IraqandAfghanistanveteransfreeofcost,stigma,andbureaucracy.ZachfoundedTheHeadstrong
Project with the belief that if fellow veterans have the courage to get help, and they get the right
help, they can return to leading meaningful and impactful lives.

DR. ANN BEEDER, M.D.
M ED I C A L D I R EC TOR FOR HEADSTR O NG PR O JEC T AT
W E I L L COR N EL L M E D IC AL CO LLEGE
Dr. Beeder’s research interests include translational medicine in viral hepatitis, alcohol and
substance abuse disorders, and psychiatric illnesses. She has treated patients suffering from
trauma for more than 20 years, and through her partnership with Zach Iscol, she has become
engagedinthetreatmentofmilitarycombatveteranswithtrauma.Dr.Beederandhercolleagues
have developed a patient centered and tailored treatment approach that matches patients with
the modalities and treatments that work best for the individual veteran.

GERARD ILARIA, LCSW
P R OGR AM D I R E C TOR FOR HEADSTR ONG PR OJEC T AT
W E I L L COR N EL L M E D IC AL CO LLEGE
Previously, he was a Director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center,
running the Center for Special Studies Adult AIDS Program. In that position, he was responsible
fortheoperationsandfinancialmanagementofatwo-site,largecontinuityofcareprogramserving
2,400 people with HIV/AIDS and provided clinical supervision to 20 Master’s level social workers.
His professional experience also includes 6 years of providing rural health and mental health care
serving as Director of Infectious Disease at the Specialty Care Center of Catskill Regional Medical
Center. He is experienced in clinical practice, financial and strategic planning, staff development,
grant writing, and community outreach.

CHRISTOPHER WILSON
DI R EC TOR OF S TR ATEGIC GR OW TH

EVELYN POLCARI
DI R EC TOR OF D E V ELO PMENT / FINANC ES

BOARD MEMBERS
PETER WESTMEYER
AL RABIL III
D AV E P E T R U CCO

C L AY TO N H A G E R M A N
PAU L C A S E Y
K E N N Y P O LC A R I

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TITLE SPONSORSHIP
$ 5 0 , 000








Platinum seating for 25 guests
Logo listing on event website, on-screen at the event and on the step and repeat
Recognition as Title Sponsor in all press materials, including front cover spread of event program
Speaking engagement on stage of the event
Customized gobo created with logo projection at event entrance
Opportunity to ring the NYSE opening or closing bell with the Headstrong Project, at a TBD date (within one
year of event)
Continuous marketing on all Headstrong Project and Hire Purpose social media for one year, with highest
concentration the ten days before and after the time of the event
Logo linked on Headstrong Project website as a title supporter
Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the celebrity / VIPs participating in the evening’s program

VA LO R
$ 2 5 , 000







Gold seating for 15 guests
Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the celebrity / VIPs participating in the evening’s program
Logo and listing as event underwriter on event website, invitation and on screen at the event
Feature on the inside back cover spread of the event program (print and digital)
Acknowledgment as event underwriter in all press materials, leading up to and on day of the event
Verbal thank you from stage by event host
Priority logo placement on step and repeat
Logo linked on Headstrong Project website as a Three Star supporter and monthly mentions on all Headstrong
Project and Hire Purpose social networks for one year

HONOR
$ 1 0 , 000


Silver seating for 10 guests
Logo included on event website, invitation and on event screen as well as a full page color advertisement in the
event program
Company or individual highlighted on the Headstrong Project website as a supporter for one year along with
quarterly mentions on all Headstrong Project social media networks, with frequent posts five days before and
after event date
Monthly mentions on all Headstrong Project and Hire Purpose social networks for one year

COURAGE
$ 5 , 00 0



Bronze seating for 5 guests
Logo included on the event website, program, invitation and on event screen
Company or individual mention on Headstrong Project social media networks one day before and
after event
Monthly mentions on all Headstrong Project and Hire Purpose social networks for one year

S P O N S O R S H I P PAY M E N T S :
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