James Abernathy Endowed Scholarship Fund

James Abernathy (1941-2019)

Jim Abernathy devoted his sober life to helping untold numbers of individuals and families begin lives of recovery from chemical dependency. His selfless commitment of time, talent and personal resources to help those struggling with the disease of addiction was remarkable.

His record of volunteer service to Caron spans four decades. He chaired Caron’s Board of Trustees in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s – a period of growth and outreach. He was a leader in the project that introduced Caron’s treatment model to the former Soviet Union and his humanitarian efforts helped advance the recovery movement in Cuba.

Jim Abernathy - NY Gala Vignette

Jim was the catalyst for bringing Caron to New York City and was Caron’s first New York Award of Excellence recipient at the inaugural Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in 1995. He is fondly referred to as Caron New York’s founding father and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

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James Abernathy Endowed Scholarship Fund

The James Abernathy Endowed Scholarship Fund will be available for individuals who are in need of financial assistance to either enter or complete prescribed residential treatment at Caron.

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