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December 12, 2017
Reception 6:30 pm; Dinner & Program 7:30 pm
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Elizabeth Vargas is an award-winning ABC News anchor who has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. She is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir. Vargas is also the author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” released in 2016.
We are thrilled to recognize this year’s Honorees for their invaluable support of the Partnership’s mission and corporate citizenship.
CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARD
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
David A. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. David serves as a valued board member of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Trained in graphic design and advertising, Christine Mack started her own design firm following time with Hearst Publications in order to provide pro-bono design work to different charities and cultural institutions throughout New York City. Christine is now a full time philanthropist, and sits on several boards, as it has become her main focus and passion in life.
Natasha Silver Bell is the founder and president of SilverBell Coaching. She has been featured in the New York Times for her work in recovery and life coaching services helping people who struggle with addiction and the accompanying behavioral challenges and consequences. She has previously collaborated with the Partnership to present our documentary films spotlighting teenage medicine abuse.
JAMES E. BURKE AWARD
Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.
Former Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Dr. McLellan has been a career researcher for 35 years at the Treatment Research Institute (which he founded in 1992) and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
In his career he has published over 500 research articles and successfully completed over 150 NIH research grants. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American, Swedish, Italian and British Societies of Addiction Medicine – and jointly by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
From 2009 – 2012 Dr. McLellan was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he was the principal author of President Obama’s National Drug Control Strategy. In 2016 Dr. McLellan served as Senior Editor for the US Surgeon General report on Facing Addiction.