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Child Mind Institute Raises $6.6 Million at Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health and Brain Research
Date:12/12/2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Child Mind Institute (www.childmind.org) raised over $6.6 million at its fourth annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street Wednesday night. These critical funds allow the Child Mind Institute to continue providing life-changing mental health care for children, pursuing scientific breakthroughs, and expanding public education and outreach efforts.

The event, hosted by Meredith Vieira, honored Ram Sundaram, partner at Goldman Sachs and Child Mind Institute board member, and Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD, director of the Yale University Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. Mr. Sundaram was the recipient of the 2013 Child Advocacy Award for his foundational philanthropic contributions to children's mental health and the growth of the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Rakic received the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to developmental neuroscience. Both the 2013 Child Advocacy Award and the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award were designed and donated by Michael Aram.

"Looking at tonight's honorees I can see a brighter future for all the young people who struggle with psychiatric and learning disorders, " said Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, president and founder of the Child Mind Institute. "Ram and Pasko embody the dedication, the commitment to breakthrough science and compassionate treatment, and the resolve that can make a real difference for our children and our children's children."

The evening celebrated the stories of families who have struggled with these disorders, most notably a six-year old girl joined by her parents who spoke movingly about their daughter's journey to overcome selective mutis
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