Fifth Annual “Triumph For Teens” Gala Celebrates Teens’ Victories Over Drug Abuse

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008


Beverly Hills , CA , April 08, 2008 – Phoenix Houses of California, one of the state’s leading non-profit substance abuse treatment organizations, gathered Los Angeles’ top entertainment and community leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on April 8 for its fifth annual “Triumph For Teens” Awards Gala.  The gala raise more than $325,000 to support Phoenix House programs for teens and honored this year’s award recipients—the cast and producers of ABC’s drama Brothers & Sisters, Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton, and television anchor, legal analyst, trial attorney, and best-selling author Rikki Klieman.

“Phoenix House is committed to offering troubled youth, regardless of economic status or ability to pay, the chance to turn their lives around,” says Winnie Wechsler, Executive Director of Phoenix Houses of California.  “The success these kids achieve in our treatment programs is the result of a partnership among many members of our community, and it is wonderful they have joined us this evening to honor these kids who so deserve our support.”

Zev Yaroslavsky, member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, presented the 2008 Public Service Award to Chief Bratton and Rikki Klieman for their contribution to civic life and exemplary leadership in bringing change to at-risk and disadvantaged youth and families in Los Angeles.

The cast and executive producers of Brothers & Sisters were honored with the 2008 Phoenix Rising Award for the power and poignancy of the show, which captures real life struggles of a family and features characters with whom the teens at Phoenix House can identify.  Executive Producer Ken Olin and cast members Sally Field, Matthew Rhys, Patricia Wettig, Balthazar Getty, Sarah Jane Morris, Emily VanCamp, Dave Annable, and Ron Rifkin, were there to receive the award

Actress Debra Skelton hosted the evening’s program, which featured red carpet arrivals, a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and a special performance by pop songwriter of the year and Grammy-nominated Kara DioGuardi and recording artist Katharine McPhee.

Serving as event co-chairs were Carol and Frank Biondi, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Ryan L. Tarpley, Christina Noonan and Timothy J. Noonan, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and Patricia Wettig and Ken Olin.  Major sponsors included Timothy J. Noonan of Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC, the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, and Grant A. Tinker.  Other key supporters included AEG, Kelly and Robert Day, The Handtmann Family Foundation, Mary Hayley and Selim Zilkha, Neil Kadisha, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Security Pacific Bank, and Wells Fargo.

“Triumph for Teens”celebrates the victories of young people over substance abuse.  It is an evening of recognition for adolescents who have learned the lessons of honesty, responsibility, and concern for others on their road to recovery.

Previous honorees include actress and advocate Lorna Luft, Paramount Pictures’ Freedom Writers, Timothy Noonan, president and CEO of Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC, Lynn Pike, COO of CapitalOne, directors Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and Betty Thomas (28 Day”) and five outstanding television shows: ABC’s George Lopez, Fox’s House, CBS’s Joan of Arcadia, the WB series 7 th Heaven, and Lifetime Television’s The Division.

About Phoenix House:

A leader in substance abuse treatment and prevention since its founding, Phoenix House has been the field’s chief innovator, introducing treatment models and methods that have become standard practice throughout the country and the world.

Phoenix House’s adolescent clinical program has recently been federally recognized as evidence –based and listed in the National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs as an effective treatment model, the first of its kind to receive this designation based on a study conducted by the Rand Corporation and extensive analysis by outside reviewers. The Rand study cited Phoenix Academy ’s program for having brought about marked reductions in drug use and unlawful behavior, while improving psychological status for youth in treatment, as compared to youth being cared for in similar residential programs.

Phoenix Houses of California has touched the lives of adolescents, adults, and their families for 29 years, helping them overcome the problems associated with substance abuse and empowering them with the skills to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives.  Nearly 2,000 individuals each day receive treatment through 25 Phoenix House programs in California.  Phoenix House serves Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties with facilities located in Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles, Venice, Monrovia, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Ana, Descanso, Point Loma, and Carlsbad.


Media contact:
Linda O’Hanlon
1 888 671 9392

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