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Emmy-Winning Talk Show Host
Dick Cavett To Be Honored At 2018
Silver Hill Hospital Giving Hope Gala

Silver Hill Hospital

On Monday, November 12Silver Hill Hospital will hold its ninth annual fall benefit, the Giving Hope Gala, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, honoring Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dick Cavett with the 2018 Visionary Award. The award honors an individual who, through personal contribution and action, has inspired others and helped remove the stigma of mental illness or addiction. In addition, professional golfer, author and mental health activist Michael Wellington will be the evening’s guest speaker. Award-winning comedienne Mina Hartong will serve as emcee and auctioneer. The evening includes dinner, dancing and a live auction.

“It’s a genuine privilege for me to be part of this effort, dedicated to bringing much-needed attention to the importance of battling the curse of mental illness,” said Cavett. “Knowing there are supportive environments for recovery and healing offers vitally needed hope — and help — for so many who are in pain.”

Cavett, a three-time Emmy winner and author, hosted late-night talk shows on ABC, PBS, USA and CNBC over several decades. He has openly discussed his bouts of clinical depression and was the subject of a 1993 video produced by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association called A Patient’s Perspective. In 1980, he experienced what he characterized as his “biggest depressive episode,” and later underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Following his therapy, Cavett became a strong advocate for (ECT), calling it “a magic wand” in his treatment for depression.

Wellington is the founder and chairman of, an organization that helps raise awareness and funding for mental health. The professional golfer is also the author of Birdies, Bogeys, and Bipolar Disorder.

The live auction features a work of art by Beverly Miller Orthwein entitled Taking Flight, which is the inspiration for the event’s invitation design and décor for the evening.

The Giving Hope Gala is a fundraiser for the Patient Financial Aid Fund, serving individuals who would benefit from Silver Hill’s long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs.

This year, Robert Minicucci is the Giving Hope Gala Chair. The Honorary Committee includes David Blaine, DJ Cassidy, Ron DelsenerSadri GarakaniTommy HilfigerPeter and Mary KalikowCyndi LauperJay McInerneyJames NederlanderSusan SarandonSteven Tyler, and James D. Watson, PhD. The Benefit Committee includes Robert AltschulerNora Bailey BassAmir Garakani, MD, Matthew Griepp, MD, Hendrik J. Hartong, Jr.Janine HaynesKirk Henckels and Fernanda KelloggTodd HollanderJillian Keyes, LCSW, Lance LundbergAshleigh MillerBeverly and Peter OrthweinJim and Susie PerakisElizabeth PlattJonny PodellJohn Santopietro, MD, Deborah ShabecoffDavid StifelmanLynne WheatCheryl Wiesenfeld and Jerry Rosenberg.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Development Office at (203) 801-2398 or

About Silver Hill Hospital

In 1931 renowned psychiatrist Dr. John Millett was searching for a setting close to New York to open a small residential mental health clinic. A picturesque farmhouse on a pastoral site in New Canaan, Conn. proved irresistible for what he envisioned. In just a few short years, Silver Hill achieved national recognition as a top-tier psychiatric hospital, revered for expert and compassionate treatment for patients struggling with mental illness or addiction. A steadfast adherence to mission – “to provide the best treatment for mental illness and addiction; and to offer continuing support, counseling and education to patients and families in every phase of illness and recovery” – has shaped the hospital’s growth over time. Today, Silver Hill, a not-for-profit hospital, provides comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient programs for adolescents and adults covering the full spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses. Our intensive treatment regimens are solely focused on getting patients better, inspiring hope, and helping them transition home to family and community. We pride ourselves on a very experienced, talented and dedicated clinical staff that includes fourteen full-time psychiatrists with advanced sub-specialty training working with an expansive team of psychiatric nurses, social workers and counselors.