Friends of Hanley Foundation Surface at the Palm Beach Dinner

More than 150 supporters gathered around the illuminated pool at The Beach Club on March 8 for Hanley Foundation’s 2017 Palm Beach Dinner. Symbolic of their new 2017 leadership, location and name, the event’s ‘Surfacing’ theme captured the momentum of the Foundation during this pivotal year. The evening honored new and old friends and benefitted Hanley Foundation’s mission to combat addiction by preventing children’s experimentation with drugs and alcohol, educating parents and caregivers and providing access to quality substance use disorder treatment.


Jan Cairnes, Executive Director of Hanley Foundation, welcomed guests and introduced Turner Benoit, Director of Special Projects and Community Engagement.


1.Andrew Forsyth, Lyanne Azqueta and Clark Appleby“The Foundation is providing a multi-pronged approach towards combatting addiction,” said Benoit. “First, we start with our prevention efforts. Last year, we provided more than $800,000 in prevention and education services in Florida, impacting the lives of nearly 30,000 students, parents and caregivers. Next, we are working with medical and other professionals on the front lines of this epidemic. Our symposia series offers these first-responders ways to spot the signs of substance abuse and hopefully save a life. Finally, for those currently sick and suffering from a substance use disorder, we help people gain access to quality treatment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.”


Guests enjoyed a reception of passed hors d’oeuvres and mingled as they perused dozens of one-of-a-kind silent auction items. Palm Beach’s own Blake Hanley and his band, Ghost Lion, took the stage to entertain guests with their Caribbean and South American folk lo-fi pop music. Hanley and band members Enrique Lara, Mike Torres and Chris Kapica, captivated the audience throughout the evening. The reception was followed by a lavish dinner buffet including an abundance of seafood paella, carved flank steak, a make-your-own polenta station, an array of decadent deserts and more.


Leading the event was Honorary Chairman, Lyanne Azqueta, Chairmen Andrew Forsyth and Kelly Williams and Junior Chairman Clark Appleby. Committee members included Nellie Benoit, Denise Hanley, Cat Miller, Liza Pulitzer Calhoun and Joanie Van der Grift.


Sponsors for the Palm Beach Dinner included Florida Crystals, Hanley Family Foundation, Lilly Pulitzer, Palm Beach Illustrated, Provident Jewelry and Wilmington Trust.


“Events like tonight give us a chance to meet new friends, thank our old friends and to continue the lifesaving mission of the Hanley Foundation,” Benoit said. “I want to thank our event leadership and sponsors. Thank you for all your great work in making tonight a fun and laid-back evening – benefitting this worthy cause.”


In the early 1980s, Mary Jane and Jack Hanley retired to Palm Beach County to discover the absence of any facilities dedicated to quality substance abuse treatment. Through the couple’s visionary leadership, the Hanley Center and Hanley Center Foundation were established. Now known simply as Hanley Foundation, the charitable 501(c)(3) organization provides programming and grant support for statewide substance use disorder advocacy, prevention, education, and access to quality treatment. The Foundation’s prevention programming is available free of charge to schools, churches, and community groups.


For more information about substance abuse prevention and education programming, please visit the website