Garen & Shari Staglin, the founders and owners of Staglin Family Vineyard and who have directed millions of dollars to support mental health research and advocacy, are among the Bruins being honored by the UCLA Alumni Association in 2018.
Each year, the association celebrates some of the exceptional professional achievements, philanthropic endeavors and community service performed by the more than 500,000 UCLA alumni near and far. This year’s alumni awards will be presented June 2 at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center.
“Our award recipients reflect the optimism that fuels our 500,000 Bruins around the globe,” said Julie Sina, associate vice chancellor for alumni affairs at UCLA. “The awardees are selected from a deep pool of nominations representative of the narrative that is unique to the heart and soul of UCLA Alumni. Each story is unique yet representative of the UCLA imprint.”
The Edward A. Dickson Alumni of the Year Award will be presented to Garen Staglin, who graduated from UCLA in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and Shari Staglin, who graduated with a bachelor’s in international relations in 1966.
The Staglins have partnered with the university to lead the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, a campus-wide effort that aims to to reduce the health and economic impacts of depression by half by the year 2050.
They also founded the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, which provides philanthropic support for mental health work. Shari Staglin guides Staglin Family Vineyard as CEO Garen, proprietor while remaining active in the world of venture capital and private equity investing, is co-chair of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA.
Together they have have provided faculty, student and research support through the Staglin Family Chair in Psychology, Staglin Family Music Festival Center for Brain and Behavioral Health, Depression Grand Challenge Project Fellows Program, Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Psychosis Prevention Center.