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​Caron NY Recovery Center Hosts 22nd Annual NYC Gala to Benefit Patient Scholarship Fund

Caron New York Recovery Center is expected to raise more than $1 Million to benefit Caron’s Patient Scholarship Fund at its 22nd Annual New York City Gala. These funds will support patient scholarships for adolescent and young adult addicted individuals and families throughout Caron’s treatment continuum. A significant portion of the money raised will help individuals from the greater New York area.

Over five hundred guests are expected to attend the Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan on May 11, 2016, which honors Hans Humes with the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence and John Pizzarelli with the Caron Artist Award. Pizzarelli will give a special performance with his jazz quartet.

Petra Levin, last year’s receipient, will present the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence to Hans Humes. TheAuctioneerfor the evening will be Ira Joe Fisher.

“We are thrilled to honor such special individuals at this year’s Caron New York Gala,” said Todd Whitmer, Regional Vice President of Caron New York. “Hans and John are both extremely dedicated to raising awareness about addiction and giving families a second chance at life.”

Last year, with the help of our generous donors in New York and nationwide, Caron provided nearly $16 million in treatment scholarships to addicted individuals and families with limited resources. A significant portion of that aid went to help individuals from the greater New York area. Funds raised at the Gala will support patient scholarships throughout Caron’s continuum at Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance to further their mission of providing Recovery For Life through unique services offered for teens, young adults, adults and older adults. Caron’s New York Recovery Center offers pre- and post-treatment services, screening and education, provides a healthy recovery environment for alumni activities, and holds Parent Support Groups throughout the New York region..

Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence recipient Hans Humes is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greylock Capital and has 23 years of experience working in emerging markets. Mr. Humes is a frequent commentator on markets at Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN. He has lectured at Columbia Business School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,and the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, among other institutions.

Mr. Humes engages in a number of civic and charitable endeavors, including serving on the boards of the New York Theater Workshop and the MacDella Cooper Foundation, established to improve the lives of Liberian orphans. He is also on the board of directors of the Wendy Hilliard Foundation which offers gymnastics training and instruction to girls in the NY metropolitan area. Additionally, he sits on the Advisory Board of the World Policy Institute, a New York City-based international affairs think tank.

Caron Artist Award recipient John Pizzarelli, world-renowned guitarist and singer, was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father. He turned to jazz in his late teens after playing in rock bands, and he received an education playing with his father Bucky Pizzarelli and many jazz greats who would influence his work. Pizzarelli performs annual engagements at the Café Carlyle with Jessica Molaskey and continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.

Partner in Recovery Award recipient Gregg’s Gift is a non-profit organization whose mission to positively impact the lives of addicted young adults, their families, and our community, through patient scholarships, education, and advocacy. Their focus is three-fold: raising money to provide financial assistance for the treatment and recovery of young adults who suffer from the disease; heightening community awareness of the severity and complexity of addiction; and advocating for legislative actions that promote prevention and recovery.

At the age of 26, Gregg Grossman lost his battle with addiction. When Gregg was receiving treatment for his addiction, he spoke about his desire to help others battling chemical abuse and dependency. In that spirit, Gregg’s family created Gregg’s Gift. Over the last six years, in partnership with Caron New York, Gregg’s Gift Annual Comedy Night has raised over $500,000 for the Gregg R. Grossman Endowed Scholarship Fund at Caron.

The gala co-chairs are Denise LeFrak Calicchio and John Calicchio, Lisa Hershey, Tracey Jackson, Petra and Steve Levin, AJ Mediratta, Juliana Terian, and Paul Williams.

The Gala Steering Committee includes Molly Helfet and Neil Lasher (Co-Chairs), Allen H. Arrow, Jennifer Bandier, Karen Fitzgerald, John P. Fitzsimons, Susan Fromm, Maxine Lang, Steve Martin, Miles Rubin, Judith Ryan, Jay Springer, Marsha Starr, and Kaitlin Zintak.