‘Neurotic’ Comic Headlines Uplifting Gala

Richard Lewis, Petra Levin
A legendary comic, a football great and a beauty queen all came out for Caron Treatment Centers’ annual gala. Above, Richard Lewis and Petra Levin.

PALM BEACH, FL – They laughed with Richard Lewis and were entertained by Tara Conner, but the real star of the Caron “After Dark” Gala was the hope that treatment provides for overcoming addiction.

“We had a fun event and it provided a platform to get people talking about the disease of addiction, so the healing process can begin,” said Petra Levin, chairman of the gala. “There shouldn’t be a stigma associated with addiction. Rather, like other diseases, treatment is one of the most effective answers and this event raises critical dollars for treatment scholarships at Caron.”

Martha DeForest, Robert DeForest

Martha DeForest, Robert DeForest

More than 360 Caron supporters gathered at Mar-a-Lago for the seventh-annual event. Martha and Robert DeForest were junior chairmen of the program, while Donald Trump was honorary chairman.

Lewis, the veteran comic who coined the phrase “the date (or fill-in-the-blank) from hell” and is known for his neurotic stage persona, headlined the event. NFL great Joe Theismann was the featured speaker and emcee for the evening. Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, celebrated five years of sobriety and performed with her band, Jamestown Avenue.

Honoree Patrick Rooney received the 2012 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Award.

Tara Conner, Donald Trump

Tara Conner, Donald Trump

The Caron Treatment Centers network is a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. It offers residential treatment and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. Caron Renaissance’s treatment campus in Boca Raton features on-site family programs and is pioneering new advances in the field of addiction treatment. Funds raised from the annual Caron Gala are earmarked for the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund at Caron, offering scholarships for deserving patients and their families seeking treatment they otherwise could not afford.

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The corporate sponsor for the Feb. 25, 2012, gala was Tiffany & Co.; leadership sponsors were Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. and Palm Beach Kennel Club; the patron sponsor was Dex Imaging; and benefactor sponsors were Hanley Family Foundation and International Autos, Inc. The media sponsor was Palm Beach Illustrated.

For more information about Caron Treatment Centers, visit www.caron.org.

Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.

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