Fun Over Formal at Caron and Hanley Gala

Barbara Appleby, Clark Appleby, Susan Ford Bales

Barbara Appleby, Clark Appleby and Susan Ford Bales.

PALM BEACH, FL– The dress was casual, the meal was comfort food and an ex-Foreigner performed.

Little besides The Breakers itself was traditional at Caron and Hanley’s inaugural gala event.

Seen at the sold-out program were Turner and Whitmore Benoit, Chris and Bobby Leidy, Dede Merck, Lou Hager, Alice and Chris Holbrook, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Judith and Jarrett Kling, Wendy and David Novack, Ali and Lee Hanley, Michael McCarty, Angela Culveyhouse and Michael Vecellio, Kim and Payson Coleman, Bill and Nancy Rollnick, Chris Cook, Julie and Howard Rudolph, Francis and Sarah Fabrizio, Joanie and Paul Van der Grift, Les Daniels, Dick and Sally Robinson, and Holly and Michael McClosky among others.

Lou Gramm, Rachel Docekal

Lou Gramm and Rachel Docekal

The program was the first since Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers joined forces, creating the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the country. The event benefitted the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund, which helps sponsor treatment for patients who need financial assistance.

Liza Pulitzer
and Nellie Benoit co-chaired the gala, with an emphasis on informal and fun. Dinner included a deconstructed Caesar salad and comfort-style truffle mac ‘n cheese and the Marcia Mitchell Band performed.

Lou Gramm
, former lead vocalist for the rock group Foreigner, capped the night with an hour-plus performance, while guests were treated to still-warm sweets from the Donut Divas and snacked on sliders and they rummaged through swag bags filled with gifts from Letarte, Alex and Ani, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Lilly Pulitzer, OPI and more.

“We wanted to create a setting where our guests could have a good time and learn about addiction,” said Benoit. “It’s really the last taboo. People just don’t want to think about it. But the truth is that one in four Americans will be touched by an alcohol or drug problem at some point during their lifetime. The good news is that addiction is preventable and treatable.”

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Sponsors for the Caron and Hanley event included Kim and Payson Coleman, Heidi Cox, Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Florida Power & Light, Lydia and Robert Forbes, Gary and Dee-Dee Harris, Anne S. Keresey and Thomas Hazard Keresey, Donna Kress, Joan and Charles Lazarus, Kathy and Paul Leone, Mark Edward Partners, Sally M. Marks, Adele S. Merck, Catalina and Thomas A.N. Miller, Sean F. Conaboy – NSM Insurance Group, Margaret and Michael Picotte, Kitty and Hank Price, E. Burke Ross, Jr., Lesly Smith, Caroline and Bailey B. Sory, Louise H. Stephaich, Tom McCarthy, Ralph and Mary Gesualdo, and Duane Morris.

In south Florida, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers operate addiction treatment centers at Hanley Center, Caron Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County; and Gate Lodge in Vero Beach.
For more information on Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers, call (561) 841-1048 or visit

Photos by LILA Photo.


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