STAMFORD, Conn. – Liberation Programs’ ninth annual Spirit of Hope Benefit netted $135,000 in funds on Thursday, April 28, to provide important resources to help save lives of young people and neighbors struggling with addiction who cannot otherwise afford treatment.
The night kicked off with remarks by Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei. Pitney Bowes was recognized as one of Liberation Programs’ founding partners and the Rev. Dale Rosenberger was honored as a longstanding community partner who has worked alongside Liberation to save the lives of those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.
In his keynote address, Rosenberger spoke of how addiction has affected not just the community but how it has touched so many on a personal level including his family. When it was time for Liberation Programs’ President and CEO Alan Mathis to address the packed room, he called for greater action for the problem of substance abuse.
“Addiction kills every day yet somehow it isn’t seen as the deadly disease that it is. We need to be in an uproar about the problem. Where is the outrage? Where is the advocacy? Tonight, we are gathered here to face the fight head-on. Let’s turn this moment into a movement.”
Proceeds from Spirit of Hope go toward housing, mental health services, effective treatment alternatives and other support services that enable individuals and families to begin new lives and sustain lifelong recovery.
Three hundred guests attended Spirit of Hope, co-chaired by Heidi Smith Daileader, Michelle Luttrell and John C. McCarty, who is also chair of Liberation Programs’ advisory board. McCarty emceed Liberation’s Signature event along with Sallyan Pelletier, chair of Liberation’s board of directors.
Liberation Programs is a private, nonprofit substance abuse prevention and treatment organization serving more than 2,000 individuals and families annually throughout lower Fairfield County since 1971. The group's mission is to empower people and their families to be free of the disease of addiction by providing targeted solutions that restore lives and strengthen the community.