Wernersville, Pennsylvania (April 27, 2016) – Caron Treatment Centers is pleased to announce the creation of The Ed Satell Family Chair for Children and Teen Education. This endowed chair is backed by the transformational bequest of $1 million from Ed Satell, Founder and Executive Chairman of Progressive Business Publications, and his family. The Satell Family has had a history of quietly supporting causes that serve the greater good with a focus on leaving the world a better place than it was.
The endowment will support in perpetuity the existing Satell Family Children and Teens Program at Caron. Launched in 2010, this program serves as a resource for children and teens with family members affected by substance abuse. Satell’s philanthropic support will insure the program continues its mission of educating children and teens about the disease of addiction and helping them to recover from its impact. The Ed Satell Family Chair for Children and Teen Education is the first named chair at Caron and the first among free standing treatment centers in our nation.
Satell’s bequest, along with his other generous contributions, makes his family eligible for induction into the Richard J. Caron Society. The “Legacy Society” at Caron recognizes those who have made lifetime contributions totaling more than $1 million in support of the not-for-profit’s mission.
“Addiction is a family disease that can impact generations. Through their generous support, the Satell Family has empowered children and teens impacted by the disease of addiction to achieve their own recovery,” said Doug Tieman, CEO of Caron Treatment Centers. “The Ed Satell family has literally held out their hand time and time again to help our most vulnerable youth. Now through this transformational pledge, they will be celebrated for every life changed and every life saved at Caron.”
For more than 50 years, Ed Satell has been recognized for his strong values and focus on the greater good as a successful and innovative business entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader. He established two charitable foundations, The Satell Family Foundation and the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust, to support his belief that with success comes responsibility. He is known in the nonprofit world as a “thinking partner”, providing business expertise and deep understanding of best practices for the nonprofit organizations he supports. His philanthropy is focused in five areas: disadvantaged children, higher education initiatives, community, research, and heritage. Satell’s altruistic efforts and initiatives are extensive and known to be uniquely hands-on.
“My wish is for every child to have a happy developmental childhood. Addiction in the family too often has a serious long-lasting negative impact during these vulnerable years,” said Satell. ”I’m motivated to help children overcome such circumstances so they can go on in a healthy way. Caron is a terrific partner to help make that happen.”
As a testament to the positive results of the Satell Family Children and Teens Program, one 12-year-old participant shared, “I enjoyed working together and bonding with new people who have the same family problems.”
Ann-Marie Loose, Director of Family Services at Caron Treatment Centers, will hold the Endowed Chair as she oversees the Satell Family Children and Teens Program at Caron. Loose is a Licensed Social Worker, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor and has worked extensively with patients and families who have been impacted by the disease of addiction as well as mental health disorders.
“As Director of Family Services, I witness firsthand the positive impact that the Satell Family Children’s Program has on young lives,” said Loose. “With the partnership of Ed Satell and his family, we are able to provide hope to young children who might otherwise suffer in silence. Now through this special bequest, we promise future generations that we will be here to support them during the most challenging period in their lives.”
Caron will be holding a special event on May 5, 2016 at The Franklin Institute to announce The Ed Satell Family Chair for Children and Teen Education and to induct the Ed Satell Family into the Richard J. Caron Society.