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2741 Lynda Underwood, from left, Ann Gordon Trammell and David Underwood at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Lynda Underwood, from left, Ann Gordon Trammell and David Underwood. Photo by © Pete Baatz
2745 Brené Brown, left, and Mariel Hemingway at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Mariel Hemingway, left,  and Brené Brown. Photo by © Pete Baatz
2863 Mark Wallace and  Maureen Hackett at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Mark Wallace and Maureen Hackett. Photo by © Pete Baatz
2866 Jennifer and Michael Hanson Jr., from left, Francy Fondren, Burton Hanson and Anah Hanson Witter at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Jennifer and Michael Hanson Jr., from left, Francy Fondren, Burton Hanson and Anah Hanson Witter. Photo by © Pete Baatz
2891 Linda and Jim McIngvale at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Linda and Jim McIngvale. Photo by © Pete Baatz
2923 Sidney Faust, from left, Betty Tutor and Diane Gendel at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Sidney Faust, from left, Betty Tutor and Diane Gendel. Photo by © Pete Baatz
0291 Beth Robertson, left, and Cullen Geiselman at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Beth Robertson, left, and Cullen Geiselman. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0256 Philip and Alice Burguières, from left, with Joan Alexander at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Philip and Alice Burguières, from left, with Joan Alexander. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0039 Ann Gordon Trammell, left, and Martha Turner at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Ann Gordon Trammell, left, and Martha Turner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0236 Susan McMahan, from left, Letty Knapp, Marilyn Andrews, Bette Linbeck and Judy Britton at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Susan McMahan, from left, Letty Knapp, Marilyn Andrews, Bette Linbeck and Judy Britton. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0206 Corby Robertson Jr., left, and Dr. Stuart Yudofsky at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Corby Robertson Jr., left, and Dr. Stuart Yudofsky. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0095 Ed Allday and Francey Pengra at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
Ed Allday and Francey Pengra. Photo by © Jenny Antill
2741 Lynda Underwood, from left, Ann Gordon Trammell and David Underwood at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
2745 Brené Brown, left, and Mariel Hemingway at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
2863 Mark Wallace and  Maureen Hackett at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
2866 Jennifer and Michael Hanson Jr., from left, Francy Fondren, Burton Hanson and Anah Hanson Witter at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
2891 Linda and Jim McIngvale at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
2923 Sidney Faust, from left, Betty Tutor and Diane Gendel at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0291 Beth Robertson, left, and Cullen Geiselman at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0256 Philip and Alice Burguières, from left, with Joan Alexander at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0039 Ann Gordon Trammell, left, and Martha Turner at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0236 Susan McMahan, from left, Letty Knapp, Marilyn Andrews, Bette Linbeck and Judy Britton at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0206 Corby Robertson Jr., left, and Dr. Stuart Yudofsky at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014
0095 Ed Allday and Francey Pengra at the Menninger Luncheon May 2014

The mental travails of the very famous Hemingway family were on the table and poignantly dissected at the Menninger Clinic annual signature luncheon at the Westin Galleria Hotel where the headliner was Acadamy Award-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway.

Best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown made a dual presentation with Hemingway who talked about her family's struggles with depression, addiction and suicide. Brown offered insights on family dynamics, individual vulnerability and the importance of living a full life. Their conversation was punctuated with clips from Hemingway's documentary Running From Crazy, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey.

“When you tell the truth, it is freedom like nothing else,” Hemingway said, acknowledging that her family never discussed their issues.

Lynda and David Underwood chaired the successful luncheon that brought in $600,000 which will benefit patient care, research, education and training programs at Menninger. Taking a bow on this day was luncheon honoree Ann Gordon Trammell, recognized for her contributions to Menninger and for her advocacy for mental health.

On board in support of one of the nation's leading psychiatric centers were Alice and Philip Burguieres, Maureen Hackett, Linda and Jim McIngvale, Martha Turner, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Jennifer and Michael Hanson Jr., Barbara and Corby Robertson Jr., Dr. Robert Robbins, Liz McIngvale-Cegelski and Dr. Paul Klotman.

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