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CASAColumbia raised more than $1.5 million at its 22nd Annual Awards Dinner held Wednesday night at The Pierre.
“Those living with addiction and their families often feel isolated in their struggles to understand the disease and find effective treatment,” Jeffrey B. Lane, Chairman of CASAColumbia told the crowd of approximately 250 people. “This is due in part to the shame and stigma attached to addiction and to the separation of most treatment from mainstream health care practice. CASAColumbia is committed to understanding the science of addiction and translating this science into health care practice, public policy and public understanding.”
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch received the CASAColumbia Distinguished Service Award for their philanthropic and civic leadership in health, arts and education.
“To be in this room tonight with individuals who care so much about a cause that touches us all is very meaningful,” Jonathan Tisch said. “Everyone will deal with addiction in some manner and by being here tonight you are giving the much needed dollars and your support to CASA to break down all of the walls that surround addiction and allow us to talk about addiction in a manner that is respectful to the seriousness of the disease.”
Additionally, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former-Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CASAColumbia, introduced the organization’s newly appointed President and CEO Dr. Samuel Ball.
“I am very excited by the expansion of our mission to include all addictions and the expansion of our academic affiliation to include Yale University,” Ball said. “CASAColumbia must continue to point out opinions that are not supported by research and be the information clearinghouse for scientific findings through our amazing new website and by informing scientists, policymakers practitioners and the public.”
Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC News 20/20, served as master of ceremonies.
View photos of the event, courtesy of Eric Weiss.