The 8th Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night
The 8th Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:15 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date: March 21). All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served.
This exciting media event will spotlight the outstanding work and words of students who participate in the in the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s programs in their schools. Norwalk’s Mayor Richard Moccia, Chief of Police Harry Rilling and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Marks will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs. State Representative Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr. will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
On display will be the remarkable artwork created by the students during their drug prevention classes with their teachers. Highlights of the event include the students' readings of their drug prevention messages and the Courage to Speak® Presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation. The evening includes presentation of The Courage to Speak® Community Leadership Awards for teachers and volunteers and Recognition Awards for parents who participated in the Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® drug prevention education program.
Title Sponsor: Affinion
Gold Sponsors: Virgin Atlantic Airways, The Blattman Family, Diageo, Hilton Garden Inn, Cablevision of CT, Pepperidge Farm, First Niagara Bank, gWay Marketing Gymnasium, WICC600, The Doyle Family and Cox Media Group
Silver Sponsors: Xerox Corporation, Smart Cycles, Webster Bank, TD Bank, Stew Leonard’s, Silvermine Golf Club, Continental Manor Catering, Broward Properties Ltd. and Norwalk Pizza & Pasta
Friends of the Event: Crystal Restoration Services, Inc., Kaiser-Battistone, West Rocks Shell, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Strada18, J.F. Buchta Electric Co., Inc., Rick’s Main Roofing, Paul Lenoci, B.J. Ryan’s Restaurant, Via Sforza Trattoria, O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Edward & Barbara Kowal, Costco, World Wrestling Entertainment, Bruce’s Flower Shop, Muro’s Original New York Bakery, Jordan’s Pizza, John’s Best Pizza and Jimmy’s Mediterranean Deli
Click here to view the Save the Date
Click here to view the Family Night Letter
Click here to view Sponsorship Agreement
Click here to view the Press Release
Click here to view the Program
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A Message from Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
to the Attendees of the 8th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night
Listen to Ginger Katz on the Award-Winning Public Affairs Program, For the People, talk about the 8th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night with Radio Host and Producer, John Voket on Cox Media Group's award-winning public affairs program, For the People which is syndicated on 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9 and 99.1 WPLR.
Listen to Ginger and Larry Katz on 1400 WSTC/1350 WNLK Radio talk about Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101® with Radio Personality, Wendy Corey.
Deputy Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy David K. Mineta recorded a special message for the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s 7th Annual Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night. Click below to play and hear what Director Mineta has to say to our families:
Welcome to Courage to Speak Family Night.
Welcome to “Save a Child’s Life Night”.
It’s about one thing.
Parents and children talking honestly about drugs.
There are many programs that dance around the problem – that try to “scare you straight”.
We know the pain of watching drugs take a child’s life. We want to make sure you see and feel that danger before it becomes a heartbreak.
This is the Courage to Speak Foundation’s only reason for being.
How I wish this night - this meeting - was available when my son Ian was still alive.
A drug overdose killed him. He was only 20.
For more than a decade we’ve told Ian’s story to more than a million young people and parents here in Connecticut and across the nation.
We know that The Courage to Speak live presentations, video, and drug prevention curriculum your child participated in this year have saved lives.
Students tell us after each program "I'll never do drugs. I didn't really know how bad they could be." We're here to help you make sure your children get this message in their heart before it’s too late.
So enjoy the evening, be proud of what your child has accomplished, learn everything you can about drugs and how they can affect your child. And, in the future, sign up for our new program called Courage to Speak -Courageous Parenting 101, for parents only. Please don’t endure the pain we did — and thank you for taking an enormous step toward saving your child’s life here tonight.
CEO and Founder and Author of Sunny’s Story
Photos above by Richard Bonenfant
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