Liberations Programs Spirit of Hope Benefit

Darien, CTJune 7, 2018

“Every walk of life, every economic status, every race is affected by addiction in our state and they all need our help.”

So began Jayme Stevenson, as she accepted Liberation Programs’ Gini and Lou Bantle Spirit of Hope Award, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Woodway Country Club. She continued, “My support for the incredible work done at Liberation Programs is intensely personal. I want every child and every adult to have access to the care they need regardless of means, race, or zip code.”

The Gini and Lou Bantle Spirit of Hope Award was named for the extraordinary contributions of the Bantles as advocates for Liberation Programs and substance-abuse recovery programs around the world. This year, the award was presented to Rey Giallongo, CEO & Chairman of First County Bank, Michael Askew, Manager of Bridgeport Recovery Community Center, and Jayme Stevenson, First Selectman of Darien, for their commitment to improving our community, and leadership in ensuring that effective treatment and a better life is accessible to all.

More than $400,000 was raised to help fund Liberation’s new Health & Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art treatment facility that will provide more services to more people to help them live productive lives free from addiction. “One of the first things I learned when I entered this field was that everything in a person’s environment either promotes health, healing, and recovery or it hinders it,” said Alan Mathis at the groundbreaking of the Health & Wellness Center earlier this year. The new center will be a space where everyone who seeks help will feel welcomed, respected, and safe, and will be able to access many critical supports under one roof.

During her acceptance speech, Jayme Stevenson remarked, “The Health and Wellness Center in Bridgeport will be a beacon of hope for the surrounding community. We must support this important project so that everyone can live a healthy and substance-free life.”


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