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 11, 2014

CONTACT: Ginger Katz
PHONE: 1-203- 831-9700

Summer "FUNraiser" with Friendly’s

The Courage to Speak ®Foundation will be holding a Summer FUNraiser Night, in collaboration with Friendly’s Restaurant, to take place on Tuesday, August 12th at 275 Post Road in Darien, CT.

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak ®Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced the Summer FUNraiser Night, which will take place on August 12th between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Friendly’s Restaurant in Darien, Connecticut. No reservations are required. 

Twenty percent of all pre-tax sales generated from every meal or ice cream purchase, will be donated to The Courage to Speak Foundation. Each participant must present a FUNraiser invitation at Friendly's, in order to help raise money and qualify to win prizes. Invitations will not be distributed at the event. Every supporter will be entered to win the following prizes: 1st prize of $100 to Barnes and Noble, 2nd Prize of $50 to Starbucks and 3rd Prize, a free copy of Sunny’s Story.

Ms. Katz and her husband, Larry Katz, founded The Courage to Speak® Foundation after their son, Ian Eaccarino, tragically died of a heroin overdose. Their foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk, CT, whose mission is "to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs,” in an effort to prevent other families from enduring the pain of losing a loved one to drug addiction.

Over the past 17 years, Ginger and Larry together have presented Ian’s story to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and have been recognized on a state and national level for their work. The Courage to Speak Foundation has developed drug prevention curricula, taught in Connecticut schools and beyond, and Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101® a free course offered in English and Spanish that educates parents on how to keep their children safe from drugs which has been evaluated and recommend by Yale University.  Over one thousand parents have attended the program and over 110 facilitators are trained to teach the course throughout Connecticut as well as many other states.

Invitations to The Summer FUNraiser with Friendly's can be found here.

About Friendly's "FUNraising":

Friendly’s Restaurants support nonprofit organizations in your community by hosting “FUNraising Days,” in which an organization may invite  friends and family to a restaurant  location, on a particular date and time. Twenty percent of pre-tax sales generated go the organization; this is a fun, easy and affordable way to raise money for a good cause. In the last year, Friendly’s has helped raise over $100,000 for nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/xgdC0v

About Sunny's Story:

This story is written by Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of  the Courage to Speak ®Foundation. This is a story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and teachers. It tells of joyful times and sad times and how a best friend was needlessly lost by drug addiction. It is narrated through the eyes of Sunny, the family beagle.

For more information about Sunny's Story or to order a copy, please visit:


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