Red-check gingham blankets, potato sack races and smiling faces will soon fill the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach on Sunday, March 4, 2018, when Hanley Foundation holds its 23rd Annual Family Picnic. This year’s benefit will include a one-of-a-kind silent auction with incredible items for both children and adults, gourmet picnic fare, face painting, animal encounters and classic outdoor activities for the entire family.
Leading this year’s benefit are Co-Chairs Dr. Suzette Chen and Dr. Kevin Tenn Yuk with Honorary Chairs Kai Li Fouts and Chris Jette. Funds raised are earmarked to support the Foundation’s research-based prevention programs in public and private schools, including many schools in Palm Beach County.
“Amid the nation’s largest opioid epidemic to date, Hanley Foundation’s work is helping to thwart the crisis of tomorrow,” said Jan Cairnes, CEO of Hanley Foundation. “The core mission of Hanley Foundation focuses on providing prevention programming, access to high-quality treatment of substance use disorders, education of professionals and paraprofessionals, and advocacy surrounding the disease of addiction. In addition, statistics have shown that family time is time well spent when it comes to preventing substance abuse. Family Picnic will be fun for all ages, while benefiting an important cause. We look forward to seeing you all on March 4th.”
The Family Picnic committee includes Jenny Alcebo, Lyanne Azqueta, CJ Benoit, Tory and Mike Casey, Michelle and Bob Diffenderfer, Rachel and Steve Docekal, Hailey Emmett, Shana and Wilson Enriquez, Jessica and Mike Gruber, Linda and Mike Hanley, Robin and Scott Hansel, Fran Marcone and David Werner, Buck Martinez, Jennifer and Michael Moore, Holly O’Neill, Taylor and James Schneider, Krissy Webb, and Jereann and Lawren Zann.
“In the past year, Hanley Foundation provided prevention services within Florida to more than 28,000 students, 250 schools, 500 parents, 600 teachers and 17,500 citizens in 19 counties,” said Turner Benoit, Chief Development Officer for Hanley Foundation. “When the Foundation first launched its prevention programming in the year 2000, the age of first use within Palm Beach County was 10-years-old with 45 percent of students self-reporting that they had tried alcohol or drugs. Today, the age of first use is 14-years-old with less than 20 percent of students reporting they have tried alcohol or drugs. We are happy to report that prevention works!”
Sponsors for the 23rd Annual Hanley Foundation Family Picnic include Wilmington Trust N.A., Amy and Drew Rothermel, Hanley Family Foundation, Shana and Wilson Enriquez, and Palm Beach Society.
Hanley Foundation, established more than 30 years ago by Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to give hope to individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders. The Foundation provides programming and grant support throughout Florida for advocacy, prevention, education and access to quality addiction treatment. The organization’s prevention programming is available to schools, churches and community groups through grant funding provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families, office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
Tickets to the Family Picnic are $195 for adults (18 and over), $50 per child (4-17 years of age), and children 3 and under are free. For more information about substance abuse prevention and education programming or to purchase tickets, please call 561.268.2358 or visit hanleyfoundation.org. Sponsorships for the event are still available.