The stars were shining at The Mar-a-Lago Club recently as more than 360 people gathe- red for the seventh annual Caron “After Dark” Gala. Comedian, Richard Lewis headlined en- tertainment and NFL great, Joe The- ismann was the featured speaker and emcee for the evening benefitting ad- diction recovery at Caron Renaissance.

Starting with a poolside reception before entering the main ballroom, guests were treated to an  evening full of laughter, smiles and entertain- ment. Celebrating five years of sobri- ety, Caron alumni and Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner performed with her band Jamestown Avenue after being con- gratulated by the evening’s honorary chairman, Donald Trump for her great accomplishment. Honoree Patrick Rooney received the 2012 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Award.

“The evening was magnificent with memorable performances by Richard Lewis and Tara Conner’s Jamestown Avenue band, along with Joe Theis- mann’s moving keynote,” said Petra Levin, Caron Gala Chairman. “We had a fun event and it provided a platform to get people talking about the disease of addiction, so the healing process can begin. There shouldn’t be a stigma as- sociated with addiction. Rather, like other diseases, treatment is one of the most effective answers and this event raises critical dollars for treatment scholarships at Caron.”

The Caron Treatment Centers network is one of the finest nationally recognized non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers in the country, offering residential treatment and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents, as well as families affected by the di- sease of addiction. Caron Renaissance’s state-of-the-art  treatment  campus in Boca Raton features groundbreaking onsite family programs, and is pioneer- ing new advances in the field of ad- diction treatment. Funds raised from the annual Caron Gala are earmarked for the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund at Caron, offering scholarships for well- deserving patients and their families seeking treatment they otherwise could not afford.

Caron Gala Chairman, Petra Levin was joined by Junior Chairmen, Martha and Robert DeForest for the 2012 event.

Corporate sponsor for the 2012 Caron Gala was Tiffany & Co.; leadership sponsors were Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. and Palm Beach Ken- nel Club; patron sponsor was Dex Ima- ging and benefactor sponsors were Hanley Family Foundation and Inter- national Autos, Inc. Media sponsor was Palm Beach Illustrated.

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