Stars Align for Caron ‘After Dark’ Gala

Joe Theismann, Petra Levin and Richard Lewis.

PALM BEACH, FL – Comedian Richard Lewis and former pro quarterback Joe Theismann will take center stage at Caron Treatment Centers’ 2012 “After Dark” gala.

Petra Levin returns for her seventh consecutive year as chairman of the gala, while Donald Trump will serve as the honorary chairman and Martha and Robert DeForest will serve as junior chairmen. Patrick J. Rooney, CEO of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, will be the evening’s honoree. The corporate sponsor is Tiffany & Co.

The program will be held Feb. 25, 2012, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Proceeds will benefit addiction recovery at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton.

The non-profit Caron Treatment Centers provide residential and outpatient programs for alcohol and drug addiction. Its programs across the country serve adults, adolescents and their families.

Funds raised from the annual Caron Gala are earmarked for the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund at Caron, offering scholarships for well-deserving patients and their families seeking treatment they otherwise could not afford.

Martha and Rob DeForest.

“I hope the event’s festivities provide a platform to get people talking about the disease of addiction, so the healing process can begin,” said Levin. “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.”

Recognized by Comedy Central as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time, Lewis started writing ad copy in New Jersey while also writing jokes for comedians. After appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” Lewis continued to tour and hone his own act. The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star was charted on GQ magazine’s list of the “20th Century’s Most Influential Humorists.”

In his memoir, “The Other Great Depression,” Lewis discusses – and skews – his substance abuse and recovery.

Theismann is a former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He has worked for ESPN on its NFL broadcasts and currently co-hosts the NFL Network show “Playbook.” While at the University of Notre Dame, Theismann received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls. He was elected the NFL’s Man of the Year for his community service and work with children. He won the league’s MVP award and in 2003 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the gala are $500 for an individual ticket, $300 for a junior ticket and $1,000 for a VIP ticket. For more information about the Caron Gala and to purchase tickets, call (561) 655-7770, e-mail ) or visit www.caronrenaissance.org/gala.

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