LICADD Celebrates 62 Years of “Recovery…One Step at a Time”
Adele C. Smithers Annual Angel Ball raises more than $350K!

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD) is pleased to announce that the 31st Annual Adele C. Smithers Angel Ball, celebrating 62 years of “Recovery…One Step at a Time” was held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Garden City Hotel. The annual LICADD event raised over $350,000 to support LICADD’s substance abuse counseling and educational programs serving Long Islanders in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. LICADD was honored to host a record breaking number of guests and sponsors who graciously believe in vital importance of the LICADD mission.

More than 350 donors, community members, elected officials, treatment providers and their family members turned out to support LICADD and ensure that the agency’s life-saving addiction resources and recovery programs remain available to individuals and families across Long Island. LICADD Executive Director Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email) stated, “LICADD is grateful for all of our generous donors and sponsors who support LICADD’s substance abuse prevention programs. Sixty-two years ago R. Brinkley Smithers had a vision that all persons who suffer with addiction would have access to treatment. Today, LICADD continues to offer education and prevention services to all Long Islanders”.

On this special occasion, we were privileged to honor Ms. Brinkley Smithers and Mr. Rob Smyth as Community Champions for the creation and production of the “Hey Charlie” public service announcement that highlights the spiraling effects of substance use. Please view the LICADD PSA below or on YouTube at “LICADD #StoptheSpiral”.

Mrs. Claudia Ragni, Owner and Director of the Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery was the recipient of the 2018 LICADD Humanitarian Award for over 25 years of committed and dedicated service to helping those in need find recovery. The program closed with Ms. Laurie Dhue as the Keynote Speaker, an award winning national news anchor and the founder of Dhue Together, which provides resources and support for those dealing with addiction. Scott Clark, former WABC sports anchor, was the master of ceremony for the event adding his own personal story and encouraging guests to support the LICADD mission.

This incredible event was made possible by LICADD’s generous supporters at the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, our dear friends at the Americana Manhasset and the Hirshleifer family. To all of our generous LICADD Angel Ball guests and supporters of the LICADD mission, we thank you.

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Steve Chassman, LICADD Executive Director, Caryn Hirshleifer, Vice-President LICADD Board of Directors, Claudia Ragni, Humanitarian Award Honoree surrounded by her family

For more than 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.

LICADD is Long Island’s premier non-profit agency providing life-saving alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts evidence-based prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, and a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and public policy advocacy.

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CONTACT: Christopher Kelly
Development & Communications Associate