LICADD is pleased to announce that its 28th Annual Angel Ball Celebrating The Miracle Of Recovery, held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel, raised $280,000 to support LICADDs’ substance abuse and intervention programs serving Long Island families.
More than 285 donors, community members, elected officials, treatment providers and their family members turned out to support LICADD and ensure that the agency’s life-saving addiction resources and recovery programs remain available to individuals and families across Long Island.
LICADD Executive Director Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email) stated, “LICADD is grateful for all of our generous donors and sponsors who support LICADD’s substance abuse prevention programs. It is because of people like Tara Conner, Debi Gade and Dr. Reynolds that LICADD remains the “go-to” agency in the midst of this public health crisis and continues to implement effective and innovative programs to combat the effects of addiction in our community.”
Board Chair Jeffery Capazzi was on hand with Dinner Co-Chair Jay Matuk to deliver awards to the 2015 Angel Ball Honorees. Tara Conner, former Miss USA and recovery advocate accepted the Humanitarian Award for her exemplary work as a recovery advocate. “It’s so important to understand that addiction is a family disease,” said Conner. “I experienced this firsthand within my own family. But I’ve also learned that through treatment and recovery you can break the cycle.”
Debi Gade, Emmy award-winning producer for News 12 accepted the Founder Award for her series the “Heroin Diaries” highlighting the heroin crisis facing Long Islanders. Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, former Executive Director of LICADD and current President and CEO of Family and Children’s Association graciously accepted the Leadership Award for his dedicated leadership in the field of addiction.
The event was made possible by LICADD’s generous major sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc.; Founder Sponsor: Americana Manhasset; and Benefactor Sponsor: Hirshleifer’s; Hero of Recovery Sponsors: Alkermes, Atlas Roll Off, Robin and Bill Baum, Donna and Michael Brennan, Amy and Jeff Capazzi, Chaminade High School, Elements Behavioral Health, Family and Children’s Association, Foundations Recovery Network, Landon Jeffers, Kellenberg Memorial High School, News 12, Pryor Personnel, Seafield Center, Pat and John Sheehy, Suffolk County National Bank and Transit Staffing.