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Hanley Gathering for the 17th Annual Family Luncheon Pre-Event

Nancy Hooker, Dr. Rachel Docekal, Neil Hirsch, Dorothy and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.  Photo by:  LILA Photo

Nancy Hooker, Dr. Rachel Docekal, Neil Hirsch, Dorothy and
Ric Bradshaw.  Photo by:  LILA Photo


Event also honors winners of the Great Charity Challenge Awards

(WELLINGTON, Fla.) –Hanley Center Foundation and Mr. Neil Hirsch hosted guests at The Players Club in Wellington on January 26th for a pre-event reception. The event set the stage for the upcoming 17th
Annual Hanley Center Foundation Family Luncheon on February 12, 2012 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, marking the start of National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week.
It also honored Hanley Center’s fellow Great Charity Challenge Award winners.

“The Players Club was a beautiful venue to kick off our forthcoming Family Luncheon which is guaranteed to be a fun family event,” said Dr. Rachel Docekal, who leads Hanley Center Foundation. “Thanks to Mr. Neil Hirsch’s generosity, the evening also offered us a wonderful opportunity to meet our nonprofit colleagues participating in the
 Charity Challenge.”

Nonprofit participants who attended the event on behalf of the Great Charity Challenge Award winning organizations included Child and Family Connections, Inc.; Greyhound Pets of America; Hospice of Palm Beach County; JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options); Center for Family Services and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“The disease of addiction affects the entire family and our Family Luncheon celebrates hope through recovery while honoring National Children of Alcoholics Awareness
Week. All proceed s from the luncheon will support Hanley Center’s Education and Prevention Programs , which offer training to professional worldwide on how to identify and treat the chronic, yet treatable disease of addiction.” explained
 Dr. Docekal.

The program for the 17th Annual Family Luncheon will feature guest speaker, Tara Conner, former Miss USA 2006 and ambassador for Substance Abuse Prevention and Education. Children and families will get an up-close look at a world-class horse jumping competition, Artisan Farm Grand Prix, during the luncheon. The afternoon will also include animal encounters, a magic show and a silent auction, featuring the ever popular children’s silent auction.

Leadership for this year’s Family Luncheon includes Honorary Chairmen Danielle and Kelly Moore and Chairman Nancy Hooker. Committee members are Sarah Alsofrom, Lyanne Azqueta, Kim Coleman, Robert & Merrill Debbs, Russ & Kay Finsness, Karen Jacobs, Fran Marcone, Linda Soper and Wally & Betsy Turner. Mangrove Group Young Leaders are Clark Appleby, Steve Colamarino, Jacey Lee Little, Alex Warner and Nathanial Wish.

Grand Benefactor for the Family Luncheon is Neil Hirsch; Hanley Family Foundation is Platinum sponsor; Florida Crystals Corporation & the Azqueta Family; Leslie C. Quick, Jr & Regina A. Quick Charitable Trust
Foundation; Barbara Rogers and Patricia and Douglas A. Warner III are Gold Medal sponsors; Barbara and Robert Ammarell; Agneta and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.; Nancy Hooker, Caroline Moran, and Anita Hamilton-Michaels and Sam Michaels are Silver Medal sponsors. Judith Morrell and Ms. Jenny Wren Sutton, Wrenwood Farms are Bronze Medal sponsors.

Tickets to the 17th Annual Family Luncheon are $195 for adults, $50 per child (7-17 years of age), and children 6 and under are free. Family tables are $500 per table (includes 2 adults and 4 children under 18).

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., Hanley Center is a non-profit organization that offers a broad spectrum of programs based on the most advanced research in the disease of addiction. From detoxification and medical stabilization to individualized treatment and continuing-care planning, Hanley Center prides itself on offering the most innovative and effective treatment programs designed by professional experts in their respective fields. Unique to the Center is the “Hanley Model of Care,” which includes age and gender-specific treatment programs. These tailored programs ensure patients leave equipped with the necessary tools to move forward on their journey of recovery.

For more information on Hanley Center and the Family Luncheon, please visit:  or call at


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