Supporting Families Behind the Recovery

Addiction affects families, too. The Hanley Center celebrated the children, wives, husbands and other family members affected by chemical dependency at recent picnic. Above are Dorothy Bradshaw, Kelly Lafoso, Noah Lafoso and Ric Bradshaw.

WELLINGTON, FL – Addiction affects everyone in some way, treatment professionals say, which makes family support so important for recovery.

That was the theme of Hanley Center’s 17th annual Family Luncheon at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

The luncheon coincided with the start of National Children of Alcoholics Week.

Rachel Docekal, Petra Levin

Former Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner was the featured guest for the benefit program. During the same year she was crowned, Conner was treated for alcohol and drug addiction. At the luncheon, Hanley Center Foundation’s Dr. Rachel Docekal presented Conner with a signature Alex and Ani bangle, in celebration of Conner’s five years of sobriety.

Proceeds from the Family Luncheon support Hanley Center’s Education and Prevention Programs, offering training to professionals worldwide on how to identify and treat the disease of addiction.

Showcasing the Artisan Farm Grand Prix show jumping competition, the equestrian-themed afternoon also featured children’s activities including animal encounters, a magic show, face painting and a children’s silent auction.

“The disease of addiction affects everyone in some way,” said Docekal. “Today’s event gives us a unique opportunity to gather families for a fun afternoon celebrating hope through recovery.”

During the luncheon, Docekal announced Hanley’s partnership with Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design to create a butterfly charm bracelet. Twenty percent of the bracelet sales will go to Hanley and Caron Treatment Centers.

Leadership for the family luncheon included Honorary Chairmen Danielle and Kelly Moore and Chairman Nancy Hooker.

Tara Conner, Drew Rothermel, Nancy Hooker

Grand benefactor for the family luncheon, which was held Feb. 12, 2012, was Neil Hirsch. Corporate sponsors were Danielle and Kelly Moore. Platinum sponsor was The Hanley Family Foundation. Gold medal sponsors were Florida Crystals Corporation and the Azqueta family, Barbara and Doyle Rogers, Leslie C. Quick, Jr. and the Regina A. Quick Charitable Trust Foundation, and Patricia and Douglas A. Warner III. Silver medal sponsors were Barbara and Robert Ammarell, Agneta and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Nancy Hooker, Anita Hamilton-Michaels and Sam Michaels, and Caroline Moran. Bronze medal sponsors were Judith Morrell, Orchid Recovery Center and Ms. Jenny Wren Sutton, Wrenwood Farms.

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL. Hanley Center is a non-profit organization that offers a broad spectrum of programs for the disease of addiction.

For more information on Hanley Center Foundation events or Hanley Center services offered, visit: www.hanleycenter.org or call at 866-4HANLEY.

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