Society / The Seen

A University of Texas Football Legend Opens Up on his Struggle With Mental Illness — and Raises $575,000 at the Mall

BY Mia Davis // 06.23.16
photography Jenny Antill Clifton, John R. Lewis

What: The Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon Benefit.

Where: The Westin-Galleria.

Who: Luncheon chairs Lela and Robin Gibbs; luncheon co-chairs Carol Lee Lyons and Allen Lyons; honoree and chair of Menninger Clinic Board of Directors Robert C. Wilson III with wife Bess; president and CEO of the Menninger Clinic Dr. C. Edward Coffey with wife Kathy; keynote speaker and former NFL player Ricky Williams; ESPN sportscaster Chris Fowler; guests Katie and Bobby Stanton, Nancy Gordon, Dorothy and Ronny Cuenod, and Bevin Dubrowski.

PC Moment: Fowler interviewed former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams about his struggle with anxiety on and off the field. The moving discussion exposed the hidden battles many — even famous — athletes, experience on a daily basis. Williams also explained how the stigma often associated with mental illness –– specifically in the NFL –– is shifting in the right direction. The notable event raised $575,000 with 750 guests in attendance.

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