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|Every Day is Veteran’s Day at Phoenix House
On November 11, many Phoenix House veterans, military personnel, families and supporters came together to celebrate Veteran’s Day. This was a particularly exciting day in New York, where Phoenix House proudly presided over the Opening Bell at NASDAQ and marched in the 91st Annual Veteran’s Day Parade.
We at Phoenix House try to extend the spirit of Veteran’s Day throughout the year by recognizing and serving our country’s military personnel each and every day. In September, we partnered with Congressman Steve Israel and the Northport VAMC to host Operation Appreciation, which honored our servicemen and women and provided information about our Military Services programs. “As an Air Force Veteran, I am acutely aware of the courage it takes to serve others,” says Deirdre Rice-Reese, Vice President, Phoenix House alumna and National Director of Quality Assurance, “as well as the courage necessary to fight for one’s own recovery. Phoenix House does an amazing job of cultivating this kind of courage in our clients.”
Phoenix House and Vanguard Join Forces
We are pleased to announce that Phoenix House has combined with Vanguard Services Unlimited to form Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. This new region will extend our reach to the Washington D.C. area and broaden the scope of our services.
Vanguard has already brought nearly 50 years of substance abuse treatment services to Washington, D.C.—which has one of the highest rates in the country of people who need substance abuse treatment but don’t seek it. “This is an exciting time for Vanguard and a hopeful time for Americans battling addiction,” said Debby Taylor, President and CEO of Vanguard. “With Phoenix House, we will be able to provide more services to more people and aid them on the road to recovery.”
Phoenix House Honors Fashion Icons
Our Fall Fashion Awards Dinner in New York on November 2, 2010, was a star-studded evening of celebration as 850 members of the fashion industry gathered to honor Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Josie Natori, President & CEO of the Natori Company, and Ronald Frasch, President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. The event was a tremendous success, raising $1.2 million for Phoenix House. At the start of the evening, our guests, including Vera Wang, Joseph Abboud, and Francisco Costa, listened to two young Phoenix House clients’ powerful stories of struggle and triumph. “Like all of you, I was so moved by Matthew and Onieka’s stories,” said honoree Glenda Bailey. “Phoenix House is an angel to those who are battling their demons.” To read more about the event and see photos, click here.