Upbeat music filled the Sailfish Club of Florida as nearly 200 Hanley Foundation supporters came out on January 18, 2018 for the Dreamcatcher Palm Beach Dinner. The event introduced the Foundation’s new “Lifesaver Society” and called attention to the 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. The celebration was led by co-chairs Loy Anderson, Franny Frisbie and Clark Appleby and honorary chairs Andrew Forsyth and Kelly Williams.
Guests enjoyed a reception of passed hors d’oeuvres and mingled as they bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items. Musical duo, Eve n’ Paparo, took the stage to entertain guests throughout the evening. The reception was followed by an elaborate dinner buffet including an abundance of iced seafood selections, seared rare tuna, a risotto station, filet mignon and roasted turkey carving stations followed by an array of decadent desserts.
“For centuries Dreamcatchers have been a symbol of comfort and protection and are believed to be able to catch good dreams and ward off the bad,” said Jan Cairnes, CEO for Hanley Foundation. “Hanley Foundation’s mission is combating addiction – a disease that robs all those affected by it of everything, including their lifelong dreams. At the Foundation, Dreamcatchers represent our mission of protecting the dreams of our children through prevention and restoring the dreams of those suffering from addiction through quality treatment.”
Cairnes then introduced Loy Anderson who thanked sponsors including Robert Rowling, The Florida House Experience, Hanley Family Foundation, Amy and Drew Rothermel, Florida Crystals, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth, Yardley M. Manfuso, Beau Wrigley, Joanie and Paul Van der Grift, Wilmington Trust, N.A., Grain and Barrel, Charlene and Richard Johnson, Lilly Pulitzer and Palm Beach Society. Anderson then introduced Turner Benoit, Chief Development Officer for Hanley Foundation.
“Tonight, I want to announce the formation of our Lifesaver Society,” said Benoit. “This is a group of individual donors and foundations that support our scholarship fund through annualized giving. Our goal is to help as many people as possible get lifesaving addiction treatment. We are currently doing this in two ways – through raising scholarship dollars and by working with a select group of treatment centers to secure beds at little or no cost. This will allow us to maximize the number of people we help. So tonight, please take some time to consider becoming a member of the Lifesaver Society. Think about all those you know who have been affected, and think about how you can become part of the solution.”
The Palm Beach Dinner host committee included Inger Anderson, Kent Anderson, Sissy Armstrong, Mary and Kane Baker, Blair and Kenny Beall, Nellie Benoit, Quinn and Whitmore Benoit, Liza and Bob Calhoun, Mary Brittain and Kendall Cheatham, Briggs and Nicholas Coleman, Kim and Payson Coleman, Carissa and Nick Coniglio, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Denise Groo and Val Perez, Denise and Dan Hanley, Charlene and Richard Johnson, Susan and Mike Kirkpatrick, Judy and Jerry Kling, Ivy and Bobby Leidy, Michael R. McCarty, Dede and Laddy Merck, Linda and Lev Miller, Cat and Tom Miller, Muffie and Stephen Murray, David G. Ober, Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros, Joanie and Paul Van der Grift and Judy and Fritz Van der Grift.
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.
For more information about substance abuse prevention and education programming, please visit the website hanleyfoundation.org.