Phoenix House Celebrates 45th Anniversary and Founder Dr. Mitch Rosenthal

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 was an incredible evening for us all at Phoenix House as the sun set on Southampton and our supporters joined us at our annual Summer Party in the Hamptons, Triumph for Teens. We honored our Founder, Dr. Mitch Rosenthal, and celebrated our 45th Anniversary. Phoenix House began in an Upper West Side brownstone in 1967, and has grown to serve nearly 7,000 people every single day in programs across the country.

Hosted at the beautiful oceanfront home of Margie and Michael Loeb, and underwritten by HBO, US Trust Bank of America, Hamptons Magazine and Lacoste, the evening raised nearly $300,000 for Phoenix House’s treatment, education, and prevention programs. Rosanna Scotto, co-host for Good Day New York, presided as Master of Ceremonies, and we were thrilled to have the Honorable Peter G. Peterson, Co-Founder of the BlackStone Group, and his wife Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Sesame Workshop, as our Chairs for the evening. Other notable guests included Phoenix House Board Members Rose Marie Bravo, Tony DiSanto, and Charlie Walk, as well as Linda and Mort Janklow, Joel Schumacher, John and Elaine Kanas, Jill Martin, Hillary Koota, Howard and Allison Lutnick, and Samantha and David Yanks.

Former Phoenix House client Donald “Cole” Rader shared his story of alcohol addiction and recovery. Cole, a veteran of the Iraq war, struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was a client in our Military Services Program. At Phoenix House, he received the support and treatment he needed from clinical staff and fellow combat veterans to overcome his addiction and better handle his most difficult emotions. Today, Cole is a case manager at Phoenix House, and is working to earn his counseling credentials. “I’m grateful to Phoenix House for helping me reach recovery,” he said, “and for giving me the opportunity to help others.”

After closing remarks, artist and performer Donna D’Cruz took over the turntables to cap off the wonderful evening.

We express our deepest gratitude to all those who came to support Phoenix House at this year’s event.

Photography by Jonathan Ziegler/

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