"AIM for the Cures" combines cars and compassion at Pebble Beach fundraiser for kids™ mental health August 13th July, 2015. Pebble Beach, CA. Monterey Peninsula-based AIM for Mental Health™s second annual dinner event showcases the area™s world-cla


"AIM for the Cures" combines cars and compassion at Pebble Beach fundraiser for kids’ mental health August 13th

July, 2015. Pebble Beach, CA. Monterey Peninsula-based AIM for Mental Health’s second annual dinner event showcases the area’s world-class cars, wines, chefs, singing talent and companies united in their support of finding mental health cures. The “AIM” is to find cures for the growing epidemic of kids’ mental health disorders while raising awareness, and reducing the stigma.  According to AIM founder, Susan Stilwell, “It will be a memorable evening where you’ll be inspired, mesmerized, and entertained. You will make a difference by becoming an essential part of a burgeoning national mental health campaign for kids.”


At a Glance:


What: Second Annual “AIM for the Cures” Dinner at Pebble Beach


Where: Parc du Concours Venue Tent at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive in Pebble Beach


When: Thursday, August 13, 2015   5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.




5:00 p.m. – Pre-Auction Preview of Gooding & Company Consigned Autos 

"Where leading international collectors seek new additions to their Stables."


6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception & Wine Tasting of Monterey County’s Premium Wines


7:00 p.m. - Dinner, Entertainment and Live Auction


Gourmet Dinner: Pebble Beach Company World Class Chefs including Rodney Uncangco, Executive Chef, Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts




James Durbin, the American Idol finalist from Santa Cruz – (Giving a Voice to Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndromes)


Isabella Nicole, the 13-year-old jazz and blues vocal sensation 


Monterey Jazz Festival All Star High School Band


North Monterey County High School Marching Band


Presentations by:


California State Senator and former Speaker pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg 


UCLA Chancellor Gene Block 


Live Auction:


Extraordinary Live Auction Packages will include:


  1. Paris Package:  Two nights in a Superior Junior Suite at Hotel Le Bristol Paris with breakfast.  This 5 star luxury hotel was the first hotel in France to earn the distinction “Palace Hotel”.  Honored with an unprecedented number of awards and Michelin Stars, this year Le Bristol is the first Parisian hotel in Robb Report’s “Top 100 Hotels”, and was voted Best Hotel in the World by Gallivanter’s Guide.


  2. Napa Valley Package:  Two nights at the Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort and Dinner in the Lakehouse.  This 50 room luxury Napa resort sitting on 157 acres, was named in The Robb Report “Top 100 Resorts” as one of earth’s most exclusive retreats.


  3. Carmel Luxury Gastronomic Package:  Two-Night Stay for Two Couples or Four persons in Two Courtyard View Rooms including Aubergine Signature Breakfast Each Morning. Day 1- Private cooking class with James Beard award-winning Chef Justin Cogley for four persons with lunch following paired with Fink Family Wine

    Day 2- Chef’s Tasting Dinner for Four plus Four guests in Private Wine Cellar


  4. Eyvind Earle Framed Serigraphs (benefiting the local non-profit, Interim):  100% of the auction proceeds from these three striking serigraphs will go to Interim, Inc., the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social, homeless and family outreach and support, and educational and employment services for adults with serious mental illnesses.


    Dress: Cocktail Attire



    Parc du Concours Venue Tent in Pebble Beach, California
    (at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive)




    DONATION of $500 per Seat / $5000 per Table of Ten


    AIM for Mental Health is a charitable campaign under IMHRO, a 501(c)3 non-profit ID#68-0359707


    Tickets are now available. To register and/or donate, go to AIMforMentalHealth.org

    or call (831) 594- 8566. Donations at any level are welcome.


    About AIM for Mental Health


    In 2014, AIM for Mental Health (www.AIMforMentalHealth.org) was launched by Susan and Mark Stilwell of Pebble Beach to raise money for mental health research for children, teens and young adults and to raise awareness of the tremendous increase in mental health disorders in our nation’s youth. Due to Mark’s role as a Board member of the Carmel Unified School District and as parents of three teenagers, Susan and Mark were sensitized to the alarming statistic that 1 in 5 kids today suffer from depression and many more have some form of mental disorder. 


    AIM founder Susan Stilwell explains, “There is an epidemic in our country of diagnoses, especially ADHD. The consequences of not having successful treatments and cures for kids are horrific, including suicide (the #3 killer of our youth behind accidents and homicides), school failure, juvenile hall, homelessness, self-medication and addiction, sky-rocketing health care costs, and violence  -- not to mention the toll it takes on family members.”


    She adds, “When I tell friends about AIM, the response is either to immediately divulge circumstances in their lives that relate to mental health disorders or to simply cry. Mental health issues affect most people in one way or another. It is so prevalent in our society, yet so hidden. We want AIM for Mental Health to be a community based campaign for everyone, not just for those directly affected by mental health disorders. The need is urgent. The interest is there. Let’s all speak out and raise money for brain/mental health research for children and young adults. Let’s start talking about mental disorders as a brain disease and bring awareness to the tremendous increase in psychiatric issues among our nation’s youth. And let’s talk about cures!”


    AIM for Mental Health’s fundraising efforts support research and cures for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, eating disorders, etc. AIM for Mental Health is officially a charitable campaign, under the One Mind Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to mental health research and awareness. Through AIM’s affiliation with the One Mind Institute, they are able to use its advisory board of ten top brain scientists to guide AIM for Mental Health on where their funding will have the greatest impact.


    All research that is generated because of AIM is put on the One Mind portal that is available to all doctors. AIM is part of a global movement to make scientific research, results, and data available and accessible to everyone.  This movement is called the One Mind Portal, an open science interactive data exchange portal that will enable clinician collaboration, data sharing and data mining on an unprecedented scale.  


    After last year's very successful dinner raised $300,000 with 200 people in attendance, AIM for Mental Health is taking off and addressing a very important issue that affects our youth. 


    About James Durbin


    James Durbin of Santa Cruz, CA stunned audiences with his electrifying performances and reached the finals during the 10th season of American Idol. At 9 years old Durbin was diagnosed with Tourette’s and Asperger’s Syndromes after his musician father died of a heroin overdose. He now is the voice for Tourette’s and Asperger’s and an idol for many kids.


    “An estimated 30,000 screaming fans came out to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk upon his return from his American Idol success.


    “James Durbin overcame Tourette’s and Asperger’s to steal the show on American Idol.” Gil Kaufman – MTV


    “Over 30 million viewers of American Idol Season 10 felt impassioned by James Durbin’s performance both showcasing his reach and lyrical sensitivity.” Hollywood Reporter


    “James grabbed their ears with a wailing, Lambert-esque moon-shot take on Led Zeppelin’s ‘You Shook Me’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ prompting judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson to comment on Durbin’s booming, emotion-laden voice” with ‘Wow’. ‘Your range is crazy’!


    “James Durbin will challenge some attitudes and the world will see that people with Aspergers have a lot to give. They have talents, they have dreams, and are fully capable of chasing them.”


    About Isabella Nicole


Isabella Nicole is a 13-year-old singing sensation from Ottawa, Canada. Born in The Netherlands, her first major public performance was at the age of 8. After moving to Canada in 2010, her talent was quickly recognized resulting in regular public engagements. In December 2014, Isabella Nicole released her first CD featuring a blues-styled rendition of “O Holy Night”.

With dozens of performances on television, at government receptions, charity and athletic events and music festivals among her expanding list of credits, this teenaged singing phenom was a standout at last month’s Ottawa Bluesfest, one of the top ten music festivals in North America. Singing solo with legendary Bluesman, TJ Wheeler, her voice and maturity made her a festival favorite for the second year.   Please visit her YouTube channel, Isabella Nicole - “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFMg_14tS8Q

For more information about AIM for Mental Health, go to www.AIMformentalhealth.org or call (831) 594-8566.