Hanley Foundation Hosts Sold Out Crowd For 19th Palm Beach Dinner

Hanley Foundation held its 19th Annual Palm Beach Dinner on February 15 at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach. Chip James and Elizabeth Matthews served as event Chairpersons, welcoming a sold-out crowd of more than 300 guests in support of Hanley Foundation’s 40 year anniversary of saving lives.

Will, Brittany, Cody (scholarship recipients)
Denise Hanley, Liza Calhoun, Inger Anderson

Notable attendees included Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who has demonstrated his unwavering support of Hanley Foundation’s mission to eliminate addiction, and State Attorney for Palm Beach County Dave Aronberg, a longtime crusader of safe and effective recovery initiatives.

The 19th Annual Palm Beach Dinner raised more than $500,000 for Hanley Foundation’s Lifesaver Scholarship Program, which provides financial scholarships to individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment.

A highlight of the evening, Hanley Foundation announced a $1 million dollar gift from the Stacy and Keith Palagye Foundation for Hanley’s Mothers and Babies Program, which is an element of their Campaign for Recovery, designed to help pregnant women struggling with addiction.

Elizabeth Matthews and Chip James

“This event allowed us to commemorate the four decades Hanley Foundation has dedicated to creating a world free of addiction,” said Dr. Rachel Docekal, CEO of Hanley Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to our supporters who have helped us reach this milestone, and we are extremely enthusiastic about expanding our programs and services – and now facilities – to fill the treatment gaps and help more families in need.”

The event celebrated the recent kickoff of Hanley Foundation’s $35 million capital campaign initiative, unveiled in early February. The Campaign for Recovery was launched to raise funds for capital improvements to the recently reacquired Origins Behavioral HealthCare facility, (previously known as the Hanley Center), to include new and upgraded treatment pavilions, the addition of specialized treatment programs for pregnant women, first responders, and veterans, as well as vocational and life skills training programs.

“With the reacquisition of the Hanley Center, we can ensure a full continuum of care for individuals in our community and beyond,” said Chip James. “Hanley Foundation’s deep understanding of the complexities surrounding the disease of addiction and our innovative, evidence-based programs set the gold standard in transformative care.”

The event’s Host Committee included: Inger Anderson, Samantha and Kent Anderson, Loy Anderson, Sissy Armstrong, Lyanne Azqueta, Fletcher Baker, Mary and Kane Baker, Blair and Kenny Beall, Nellie Benoit, Quinn and Whitmore Benoit, Jason Briggs, Kristina and Austin Bryan, Liza and Bob Calhoun, Briggs and Nicholas Coleman, Kim and Payson Coleman, Carissa and Nick Coniglio, Denise and Dan Hanley, Anne Hurley, Charlene and Richard Johnson, Susan and Mike Kirkpatrick, Ivey and Bobby Leidy, Stacey Leuliette, Sydney and Peter McKelvy, Dede and Laddy Merck, Whitney Miller, Lev Miller, Cat Miller, The Honorable Danielle Moore, David G. Ober, Piper Quinn, Kelly and Joe Rooney, Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros, Corey Saban, Wendy and Phil Scuderi, Jessica and Trent Swift, Judy and Fritz Van der Grift, Joanie Van der Grift, Juliet and Alex Warner, and Victoria Willard.

Sponsors for the event included Addison House, Ashley Inc., CIBC Private Wealth, Cumberland Heights, Diane Jehle, FHE Health, Full Life Comprehensive Care, George Matthews, GHP Inc., GIA Miami, Hanley Family Foundation, Julie and Peter Cummings, Kathy and Barry Nelson, Lucy and Maziar Keshavarz, Mithun Family Foundation – Doug & Marcia Mithun, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, PNC Bank, Richard Lazzara, Tampa General Hospital, The Beth & Sean Lange Family Foundation, The Lazarus Charitable Trust, and Wilmington Trust. 

About Hanley Foundation

Hanley Foundation envisions a world free of addiction, leading the way as the largest provider of grant-funded prevention education programs in the State of Florida. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, treatment, and recovery support. In addition to offering recovery scholarships to those in need and facilitating trainings to identify the signs of substance misuse, the Foundation works to reduce stigma and inform policy through its advocacy efforts. Hanley Foundation educates, changes minds, and saves lives with its evidence-based programs proven through research to prevent and delay the use of alcohol and other drugs. For more information about Hanley Foundation, please visit hanleyfoundation.org or call 561-268-2355. Follow on Instagram and Facebook @HanleyFoundation, and on LinkedIn and Twitter @HanleyFNDN.