We’d like to thank these individuals for their donations to the 2019 HARVEST HOPELA:

Marla Byrnes and Ernest Jones
Joe and Judy Bliss-Ridgway
Maxine Block
Carol and Dan Brady
Cindy and Chuck Brady
Ann and Dan Canastra
Nicole DeVaul-Ginsburg
Pam Fortino and Paula Zebrowski
Mary Gandino
Brenda Geiger
Bud and Melinda Greenman
Diane LaFrance
Doug Mac Donald
John and Barb Masucci
Tom Mann
Mary Beth Oyer
Oyer-Dunnewald family
Kryssy Ridgway
Dr. Karen Winters Schwartz and Dr. Paul Schwartz
Eric Stensland
Bob Switalski

Thank you to these businesses who supported our 2019 HARVEST HOPELA:

Accents of Armory Square
Ann’s Sunny Day
Antonio’s Restaurant
Avicolli’s Restaurant
Bryce Cullen Publishing
Champion Fitness
Corrigan’s Spa
Dunkin Donuts
EDGE Strength & Conditioning
Frightmare Farms
Gannon’s Ice Cream
Get Air
Greenwood winery
Golden Hanger at Western Lights
Goodman Beck Publishing
Justin’s Canine Campus
Kelley’s Bar
The Market at Regional Market
Metro Home Style
Museum of Intrigue at Destiny
Painting with a Twist (Dewitt)
Pie Guys Pizza
Provisions Bakery
Ramsgard Architectural Design
SalesIT, Brook Gleasman 315-308-1442
Shadybrook Liquors
Style Soiree Boutique
Tom Mann’s Golf
Uncle Chubby’s Pizza
Whole Mental Health, Sheri Ramsgard

“Off the Mask”

NAMI Syracuse are thrilled to announce that Madeline Canastra, an 8-year-old from Cicero, is walking the catwalk at the upcoming event “Off the Mask” to raise awareness about mental health education throughout New York. We are seeking sponsors for Madeline, as the money raised will directly return to the National Alliance for Mental Illness – half to NAMI Syracuse, and half to NAMI-NYS.

NAMI Syracuse uses donations to fund support and education programs in the greater Syracuse area. Our newest program “Ending the Silence” is designed to help teach mental health education within our middle and high schools. It is a free program for the schools, as NAMI sponsors the educator and speaker. We are hoping to get this program into at least 20 local school districts in 2019!

You can donate directly to Madeline’s NAMI link at:

You can learn more about the “Off the Mask” event at:

We hope you will consider making a monetary donation/sponsorship toward “Off the Mask” and Madeline, as our NAMI Syracuse model for this special event. Our goal is to raise at least $2,500.00.

If you’d like additional information, please reach out to NAMI Syracuse at or 315-487-2085. You can also reach Madeline’s mom, Ann Canastra, NAMI Syracuse Member and NAMI-NY State Board Member at or 315- 657-3700.

Donations can be sent via check to: NAMI Syracuse, ATTN: OFF THE MASK – Madeline Canastra, 6276 Alabama Path, Cicero, NY 13039. PayPal and credit card can also be accepted, please call or email for details.

In Case You Missed it in Our Newsletter!

NAMI Syracuse Programs
Support Groups:
Family Support Group – Second Wednesday of the month at 917 Avery
Ave., Syracuse, NY – 10am – 11:30 am
Family Support Group – Third Tuesday evening of the month – meets
at AccessCNY, 420 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY – 7pm (parking
and entrance in rear of building)
Peer Support Group, This Mind of Mine – Third Wednesday of the
month at 917 Avery Ave., Syracuse, NY – 5:30pm – 7pm
Educational Programs:
Family to Family in the spring and fall. Call Sheila Le Gacy at AccessCNY, 315-218-1614 to register. Register early since the classes fill up
HOMEFRONT for families of veterans call Ann Canastra 315-412-
3029 to register.
Peer to Peer is a 6-week educational series for persons in recovery.
Call our office for more information.
Ending the Silence is a program for middle and high school students
or their families or school staff. Call our office for more information.
Yearly conference on mental illness. Watch our website for more
We want to reach more people in the community and are willing to do
short presentations about NAMI and mental illness at churches,
schools, libraries, or any other organization. Our goal is to decrease
stigma, inform people about services and supports, and offer hope.
Contact NAMI Syracuse at 315-487-2085 or e-mail:


President Marla Byrnes’s “HealthLink on Air” interview will air this Sunday, February 10th, at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO Public Media! Don’t forget to tune in on FM 89.9 or 90.3, depending on your location in the Syracuse area. This station also reaches up to Oswego and Watertown, down to Cortland and Norwich, as far west as Geneva and east to Utica and Hamilton and can be listened to live online at, as well. Thanks, HealthLink at Upstate for helping to spread the word about NAMI Syracuse! Listen anytime here:

Lord & Taylor Charity Days

Lord & Taylor Charity Days

Friday, January 18, 2019 through Monday, January 21, 2019

Shoppers will be able to support mental health at Lord & Tay­lor (L&T) stores nationwide and online. With a donation of $5.00 online or in-store, customers will receive 30% off most items, plus 15% off almost all beauty products. Lord & Taylor at Destiny USA will be participating and the $5.00 donation will come to NAMI Syracuse.

NAMI Syracuse will have informational tables at Lord & Tay­lor, Destiny USA to encourage donations and to educate the pub­lic.

PLEASE support this effort!