The Phoenix House AmeriCorps Program held their annual Completion Celebration on January 20, 2012 at Salsa Caterers in the Bronx. AmeriCorps volunteers from the Class of 2011 received plaques and certificates recognizing their achievements. This year’s event was a double celebration with additional ceremonies for the graduates of the Phoenix House Career Academy Vocational Program. Graduates of both programs are well on their way to new employment opportunities with their enhanced skillsets. The evening’s guest speakers for the night were James Mahoney, Chief Financial Officer of the Altamont Program, himself a Phoenix House AmeriCorps graduate of the Class of 2002, and David Dilorenzo, CEO of Valentino Beauty Pure. Their words of encouragement and wisdom were inspiring to all guests attending. Special awards were presented to Denise Buckley, Director of Phoenix House Long Island City Center, and Gilbert Diaz, Procurement Manager of Donated Goods, for their dedication to the clients and mission of Phoenix House. We salute all graduates and wish them good luck and success in their chosen fields.