Earlier this month, we celebrated our 8th Annual Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Our gala provides an opportunity for us to meet and show our gratitude to the dedicated supporters who have been instrumental in reaching thousands of families in need. With more than $2.1 million raised to further initiatives that help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children, the gala proved to be a memorable and successful evening.
Honored for their generous support of our organization’s important work were: George Bodenheimer, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN and ABC Sports; Fred Hassan, Chairman, Bausch +Lomb, Former Chairman and CEO, Schering-Plough Corporation; and Abbe Raven, President and CEO, AETN-A&E Television Networks.
The evening also highlighted special tributes to long-time supporters of our efforts including: The Burke Family, with Stephen B. Burke, Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Corporation, accepting this special recognition on behalf of the family. The singular legacy of The Burke Family is marked by enduring generosity, unwavering compassion and commitment to our organization.
Roy J. Bostock, Chairman, Yahoo! Inc. and Vice Chairman, Delta Air Lines Inc., Chairman Emeritus, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, was also honored for his exceptional service and steadfast dedication as our Chairman from 2003-2010.
Along with Major League Baseball, we acknowledged outstanding coach, Patty Sterner, and exemplary student athlete, Loureen Prudente, who both embody the spirit of teamwork and healthy, drug-free competition, with the first annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Award.