Off The Mask 2021

September 10, 2021 6:00 pm

Sixty State Place, State Street, Albany, NY, USA

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Off the Mask 2021 will take place Friday, September 10th from 6:00-9:00PM at Sixty State Place Albany, NY. 


This year's event will feature:

Masters of Ceremonies- Benita Zahn, Producer/host of Health Beat on WNYT and certified health and wellness coach with Capital Cardiology.  

Fashion Show Co-Host-Taylor Rao, Co-Founder of Two Buttons Deep, upstate New York's fastest growing media entertainment outlet and the creator of Buttonista, a fashion-focused social media brand built around all things fashion, interior design and the latest happenings in the Capital Region and beyond. Taylor hosts the weekly Buttonista Podcast where she interviews local guests and discusses what's trending in style, pop culture and life here in the 518.

Special Guest Speaker-Dawn Gallagher ,Supermodel, Beauty & Wellness Maven

Off the Mask is NAMI-NYS's largest fundraiser and awareness event to end mental health stigma. We all have mental health, yet many of us choose to mask our feelings and not discuss the importance of our mental wellness. The fashion show features 25 model ambassadors, all of whom have a connection to mental health conditions. The model ambassadors share their stories, walk the runway and will take off their masks to share the true faces of mental health resiliency and recovery. This unique event encourages everyone to take off their symbolic mask to raise awareness and end the stigma around mental health.

In addition to our fashion show, the event also raises awareness with the inclusion of an art exhibit and auction featuring pieces created by people with a connection to mental health.

Our most recent Off the Mask took place November 6th and was streamed live professionally through our Facebook with over 1,000 views. This year Off the Mask will return to an in-person event on September 10th at Sixty State Place in Albany, NY at 6 p.m. est.

All proceeds raised will go to the National Alliance of Mental Illness - New York State and their mission to provide FREE education, support, and advocacy for people impacted by mental illness and raising awareness of mental health.

If you are interested in learning more about Off the Mask or ways to participate please contact Kate Tortora, Community Education & Outreach 

$150,000 Goal


Total Raised


NAMI New York State
Questions? Please contact Community Education & Outreach Coordinator, Kate Tortora

Sixty State Place

Sixty State Place, State Street, Albany, NY, USA

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