The 63rd Annual Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game took place on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Herrick Park in East Hampton, New York. Organized by long-time Phoenix House supporters Deb McEneaney and actor Leif Hope, the charity softball game was played to benefit Phoenix House, East End Hospice and East Hampton Day Care. Players included 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin, Real Housewives of New York City’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Lori Singer, Josh Charles of The Good Wife, and actor Greg Bello. The game helped raise over $73,000 and drew a crowd of over 1,000 fans.
Clients from our Phoenix House Academy of Long Island volunteered to work as greeters for this acclaimed group of artists and writers, and client volunteers from the Men’s Program at Phoenix House Happauge Center grilled hamburgers and hot dogs to keep everyone playing at their best. It was a great opportunity for our kids to give back, meet some of the most accomplished artists and writers in the United States, and play an important role in this legendary event.
At our Phoenix Academy of Long Island, our teen clients receive intensive residential treatment while attending school full-time, making up the education they’ve lost to drugs and alcohol. Thanks to the support of the Artists and Writers Game, Phoenix House continues to help them break the cycle of addiction and dependence, and give them the tools they need to sustain recovery and live productive lives, substance-free. Phoenix House is honored to be a beneficiary of this historic matching of athletic skill and artistic talent for the seventh consecutive year.