Please join us for the 2018 Annual Caron New York Gala honoring
Elaine and Anthony Grillo with the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence
and David Johansen with the Caron Artist Award
The Caron New York Gala has raised over $10 million dollars for treatment scholarships over the years. These scholarships have helped many addicted individuals and their families with limited resources from the New York region gain access to the essential life-saving treatment they need.
Please join us for this special evening when we not only celebrate addiction recovery and raise funds for Caron, but also to introduce Caron and its special services to new friends. The exciting evening will feature live and silent auctions along with amazing musical performances.
About our Honorees:
The Caron Artist Award:
Elaine and Anthony Grillo have a long history of supporting many worthy causes primarily dedicated to health and education including providing Grillo Family Scholarships at Boston College, Loyola University and Rutgers University.
Anthony Grillo is a managing director and one of founders of Ascribe Capital, a private equity firm affiliated with American Securities, which he helped start in 2005. He is currently on the corporate boards of Littelfuse, Inc., Lumeta Corporation, and NarrativeWave Inc. His philanthropic board activity includes serving on the Advisory Board of Caron Philadelphia, being a member of the board of trustees of Manhattan-based George Jackson Academy, and being a member and part of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Gladwyne Montessori School. Mr. Grillo has served on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and on the Rutgers University Foundation. He has also served as a member of the board of trustees of Oratory Prep and its affiliated Foundation.
Elaine Grillo is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Loyola University Maryland. Previously, she served on the Advisory Board of the School of Education at Loyola University for five years. Mrs. Grillo was active in the Pink Tie Ball fundraiser for Breast Cancer in New Jersey. She was a Founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Kemmerer Library in Harding, New Jersey and served on that board for over five years. Mrs. Grillo became active in philanthropy in 1987 when she co-chaired a successful grassroots campaign to save Christ Church Nursery School in Short Hills, New Jersey from closing. She was President of the Hartshorn School PTA for two years and was also President of the Mother's Auxiliary at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, New Jersey. As well, she served on the board of trustees of Oratory Prep, Summit, New Jersey.
David Johansen, Caron Artist Award David Johansen was born in Staten Island where he sang in Rock & Roll dance bands during his high school years. Upon graduation,
he moved to the East Village where he performed with Charles Ludlum’s Ridiculous Theater as a spear carrier until he joined up with the fledgling New York Dolls. The Dolls made two iconic Rock & Roll records before disbanding in the mid-seventies. At this time, he embarked on a solo career with his David Johansen Group which recorded six highly acclaimed albums and toured incessantly for the next ten years. During this period, David began singing “Jump Blues,” “Calypso,” and “Pre-Hayes code Rock & Roll” under the name Buster Poindexter in a small saloon in his Gramercy Park neighborhood with his band, sometimes called The Banshees of Blue and sometimes The Spanish Rocketship, he recorded four swinging CD’s. At the end of the century he started a band called David Johansen & The Harry Smiths who recorded two superb albums of early American blues and mountain music. In 2004 the remaining New York Dolls reunited for a one off gig in London and have been touring and recording ever since. When not playing with the Dolls, David can be found performing an acoustic show with his old pal and collaborator Brian Koonin on guitar. Sez Johansen, “I’ve been wanting to sing a bunch of songs unplugged that I don’t normally get the opportunity to sing in a loud and fast Dolls show. As much as I love that, I also like to explore the more soulful side of singing, I’ll be singing songs from throughout my career and maybe some songs that have inspired me, with acoustic guitar accompaniment in a mellow and intimate setting. It’s very musical and beautiful.”
About the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence:
Given in recognition of the qualities of leadership, excellence and unselfish service to others. The honorees who receive this award embody the unselfish leadership of Caron’s founder, Dick Caron. Effective leadership blends personality, science, art, and service and promotes personal and professional growth at work and in the community. Service to others is at the heart of excellent leadership.
Given for artistic excellence and generosity to Caron. Recovery requires major doses of creativity to heal the destructive power of addiction. Artists who receive this award embody the creative spirit as well as generously assist others through their music, their art and their passion.
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