Our Mission: "Saving Lives By Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free And Encouraging Parents

To Communicate Effectively With Their Children About The Dangers Of Drugs"

The Courage to Speak® Foundation.

July 10, 2012

CONTACT: Virginia “Ginger” Katz

PHONE: 1-203- 247-3975

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Receives Funding from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

Pictured above (from left to right) are Larry Katz (Co-Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation),
Connie Spearman (Asst. VP and Branch Manager of First County Bank), Ginger Katz (CEO and
Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation) & Brian Begley (Asst. VP & Business Development
Officer of First County Bank).

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant award from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc. This grant will aid in the Foundation’s mission to “Save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs.”

The First County Bank Foundation contributes generously to non-profit organizations that support community and economic development, or support the children and families of Lower Fairfield County. Since 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded a total of 544 individual grants, worth $4.6 million. The Foundation awarded 108 grants totaling more than $591,000 in 2011, surpassing last year’s record of $570,000.For more information, visit http://www.firstcountybank.com/first-county-bank-foundation-inc 

Since losing her son, Ian, to drugs in 1996, nationally renowned speaker, Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder and author of Sunny’s Story, has presented to hundreds of thousands of people across the country. The Courage to Speak® Foundation, along with experts in the field, has created drug prevention programs for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as for parents.
The Courage to Speak® Foundation is driven to broaden their reach and touch the lives of more families throughout Connecticut and beyond. For more information, please visit www.couragetospeak.org, or call 1-877-431-3295.

About The Courage to Speak® Foundation:

The Courage To Speak® Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk, CT, whose mission is "to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of drug and alcohol use." Ginger Katz founded the organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry Katz pledged that they would do all they could to help prevent such a tragedy from befalling another family. Since then, Ms. Katz has given nearly 1000 presentations reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals - young people and the adults who care about them. The Courage To Speak Foundation® develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students as well as parents through Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101®. Ms. Katz also has authored a new book called Sunny's Story, a drug prevention book for children of all ages; parents, grandparents, teachers, and others. www.couragetospeak.org www.sunnysstory.com


The Courage to Speak®Foundation, 71 East Avenue, Suite M, Norwalk, CT 06851     203-831-9700 TOLL FREE: (877) 431-3295