The 28th annual 2013 Comprehensive Addiction Rehabilitation Program, CARP Holiday Gala and Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award Ceremony took place at The Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach on Sunday, December 08, 2013. You could feel the gratitude and warmth as you entered the room. All the smiling faces of those old and new in recovery united and bonded together because of one common goal to help the next sick and suffering addict and alcoholic find a life in recovery.
The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs, Inc. was among one of many table sponsors involved at the 2013 CARP Holiday Gala. Other contributors included: Kathy and David Anderson, Ms. Lavinia Baker, Dr. Frederic M. Barr, Beachcomber, Behavioral Health of The Palm Beaches (BHOP), Mr. Robert Bozzone, Butterfly House, Caron Renaissance, Mr. William DeMott, Mr. Michael Fagan, Fern House, Chief Deputy Michael E. Gauger, Mr. Melvin Levy, Mr. Park Miller and Patty Dean, Mr. Robert Needle, Recovery Road, The Recovery Team, Inc., The Sanctuary, Mr. Gerald Shugar, Ms. Ellen Tansey, Tree of Life Foundation International, Wellington Counseling and Associates, Inc.
CARP Holiday Gala & The Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award
Peter Fairclough, an alcoholic in recovery himself, founded the Comprehensive Addiction Rehabilitation Program (CARP) in 1967 after he saw a need for alcoholics and addicts to get treatment that may not otherwise be able to afford it. Peter had only $300.00 in donations and the willingness to do whatever it took to help the next sick and suffering addict and alcoholic. He would open the first halfway house in Palm Beach County. Peter Fairclough passed away in 1985 but his memory and mission continue on.
The Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award is given to those who not only work in the field of addiction but also demonstrate true dedication and commitment to excellence in helping those who are suffering from addiction to alcohol and drugs achieve recovery. Each award recipients expressed their deep gratitude towards CARP’s continued support and attention towards those struggling with substance abuse issues in Palm Beach County, Fl.
The CARP Holiday Gala 2013 Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award recipients included:
Mr. Vince Bonvento, Assistant County Administrator and Directory of Public Safety and Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.
Mr. Fred Pettersen B.A., C.A.P. CEO, The Recovery Team, Inc.
Ms. Nancy K. Steiner R.N., The Sanctuary In Delray Beach, Fl, Founder & Executive Officer.
Ms. Mary Davis Weisberg BS, CMHP, Director of Family Services, Caron Renaissance.
The Club House Award: Club Oasis, Inc: Accepting this year’s awards on behalf of Club Oasis was Mr. Rick Stack, Manager.
Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Gimenez, SoberBook.Com
Special Speakers of the CARP Holiday Gala included Jennifer Gimenez, Supermodel, Actress, Reality Star, owner of SoberBook.com; and Russell Ferrara, recovering addict and alcoholic, CARP Alumni, and CEO of SoberBook.com. As a direct result of Jennifer Gimenez’s own recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, she launched soberbook.com in 2013; a monthly magazine and website dedicated to sharing the stories and voices of those in recovery. Jennifer Gimenez has made it her life’s mission to help other addicts and alcoholics recover from substance abuse problems.
Jennifer Gimenez will also be a guest speaker at the CARP 19th Annual Spring Luncheon on Sunday, March 2, 2014 starting at 11:00 AM at the Kravis Center. Ms. Gimenez will be sharing her inspiring story recounting her personal experience with drug abuse and alcoholism and her recovery today. There will be a live and silent auction along with a fabulous lunch. Proceeds from the event will help support programs to help addicts and alcoholics achieve long-term recovery.
The ceremony ended with CARP Executive Director and CEO, Robert P. Bozzone, expressing his heart felt gratitude to all those who had attended the gala. These pioneers in the substance abuse addiction treatment field continue to help addicts and alcoholics who are still sick and suffering find real hope in treatment for a disease that at one point was considered incurable. The hope that Mr. Bozzone and others gave during their speeches will continue to help pave the way in breaking the stigma of addiction and show that recovery is a reality for anyone seeking help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse problems, call The Watershed today 1-800-861-1768. You are worth recovery!
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