Liberation Programs: Spirit of Hope Benefit



Darien, CTJune 8, 2017

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers: Grow. Grow.”

So began Allison (Icy) Frantz, as she accepted Liberation Programs’ Gini and Lou Bantle Spirit of Hope Award, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Woodway Country Club. She continued, “Tonight, I would like to dedicate this award to all of those angels, including everyone at Liberation Programs who, like Gini and Lou, spend their lives tirelessly encouraging and whispering, ‘Grow. Grow.”

The Gini and Lou Bantle Spirit of Hope Award, named for the extraordinary contributions of the Bantles as advocates for Liberation Programs and substance-abuse recovery programs around the world, was presented to Icy Frantz (Greenwich), Ted Meekins (Bridgeport) and St. John’s Community Foundation (Stamford) for their commitment to restoring human dignity, and leadership in ensuring that effective treatment and a better life is accessible to all.

More than $400,000 was raised to help working, uninsured families access critically needed addiction recovery and mental health services as well as fund the Liberation Employment Academy, an initiative to return people to work and productive lives. “At a time when families are suffering the loss of loved ones to overdose deaths,” said Alan Mathis, Liberation President & CEO, “I am heartened by how sponsors and guests have rallied around Liberation to help us grow and strengthen our ability to save lives and strengthen the community where we live.”

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