Norwalk, Conn. -- The Halstead/Metroflor Addiction Crisis Team (HMAC) fundraiser honoring Harlan Stone, president and group CEO of parent company HMTX Industries, is fast approaching on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6–9 pm at Harbor Lights in Norwalk, Conn. The evening’s tax-deductible net proceeds will support HMAC’s quest to support organizations that can provide rehabilitation through scholarships to addicts and their families, who otherwise would not be able to afford rehab programs.
Themed “The Path to Resilience,” the evening will honor Stone for his unwavering humanitarian spirit. Speakers will include social worker Michael Chiappone, representing the Hope House Ministries, where staff and volunteers are the change agents helping young people grow in self-discipline, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and personal responsibility, all of which become eroded by addiction. He will describe his personal path from addiction through redemption to sobriety with the help of Hope House. Linda Ventura will tell her story of being drawn into the war against drugs when her son died of an overdose. The loss galvanized her to establish Thomas’ Hope House in his honor, to fight for the lives of addicted youth and help families battle substance abuse disorder.
Individual tickets are $125 each and corporate sponsorships are still available at levels ranging from Gold/Isocore ($10,000) and Silver/Lifeproof ($5,000) to Bronze/Allure ($2,500) and Supporter ($1,000). There will also be a silent auction during the evening, with proceeds going to support HMAC.
The evening of inspiration, music and hope, will support HMAC’s goal of raising $500,000 over the next two years through a “Save an Addict. Save a Family” Go Fund Me page, new website, and other activities, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Stone family for a total of $1 million. The tax-deductible donations will benefit a 501-C3 partnership with “Faith in Four: Recovery, Prevention, Education and Treatment”, to fund the scholarships at the following rehabilitation and education facilities: The Blanchard Institute (Charlotte, N.C.); Damascus Road Recovery (Covington, Ga.); Genesis Ministries, (Kennesaw, Ga.); Hope House Ministries (Port Jefferson, N.Y.); Thomas’ Hope (West Babylon, N.Y.); and Davis Direct Foundation (Marietta, Ga.).
“Harlan Stone personifies the spirit of innovation, transparency and giving back through his business and personal philanthropic endeavors. Please join us to support the cause that he stands behind: providing rehab scholarships for those who suffer from the disease of addiction," said Paul Eanes, vice president of business development for Metroflor.
For more information, visit www.hmacfund.org.