Former Miss USA to Help Kickoff Hanley Luncheon at Equestrian Center

Allison Monti, Lillian Docekal, Caroline Docekal, Makenna Redfearn, Marena Marquez, Heather Hooker, Harrison Soper, Annie Soper, Matea Marquez, Marlee Marquez. Photo by Lila Photo.

WELLINGTON, FL – Former Miss USA Tara Conner will be the special guest at the Hanley Center’s 17th Annual Family Luncheon Feb. 12, 2012, marking the start of National Children of Alcoholics Week.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, will support the Hanley Center’s education and prevention programs, offering training to professionals worldwide on how to identify and treat addiction.

“Hanley Center understands the importance of prevention, and through our research-based prevention programs, we have helped many children and adults have a better understanding of the disease of addiction,” said Dr. Rachel Docekal, who leads the Hanley Center Foundation.

At the program, children and families will get an up-close look at a world-class horse jumping competition, the Artisan Farm Grand Prix. The afternoon will also include lunch, animal encounters, a magic show and a silent auction.

“It’s so important to understand that addiction is a family disease,” said Conner (pictured right). “I experienced this firsthand within my own family. But I’ve also learned that through treatment and recovery you can break the cycle.”

Conner was crowned Miss USA in 2006. During December of that year, she entered Caron and completed 30 days of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. She recently celebrated five years of sobriety and shares her experiences with audiences throughout the United States.

Leaders of the family luncheon include Honorary Chairmen Danielle and Kelly Moore and Chairman Nancy Hooker.

The Grand Benefactor for the luncheon is Neil Hirsch, and the Hanley Family Foundation is Platinum Sponsor. Gold Medal Sponsors are the Florida Crystals Corporation and the Azqueta family; the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. & Regina A. Quick Charitable Trust Foundation; and Patricia and Douglas A. Warner III. Silver Medal Sponsors are Barbara and Robert Ammarell; Agneta and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.; Nancy Hooker; Caroline Moran; and Anita Hamilton-Michaels and Sam Michaels. Judith Morrell and Jenny Wren Sutton, Wrenwood Farms are Bronze Medal sponsors.

Tickets to the luncheon are $195 for adults (18 and over), $50 per child (7-17 years of age), and children 6 and under are free. Family tables are $500 per table.

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, Hanley Center, part of Caron Treatment Centers, is a non-profit organization that offers a broad spectrum of programs based on the most advanced research in the disease of addiction.

For more information on Hanley Center and the Family Luncheon, visit www.hanleycenter.org or call (561) 841-1048.

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