Phoenix House Honors Helena B. Foulkes of CVS Health

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Helena B. Foulkes

Helena B. Foulkes

Hundreds of guests attended the fourteenth annual New England Public Service Award Luncheon on June 2 to honor Helena B. Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health, and President, CVS/pharmacy.

The award, presented each year to an exceptional man or woman whose achievements inspire young people struggling to reclaim their lives from substance use, recognized Ms. Foulkes for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. Among the attendees were Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who offered thoughtful remarks, and other government, business, and community leaders.

William F. Hatfield, Barbara Cottam, Board Chair Sheri Sweitzer, Helena Foulkes, Laurie White

William F. Hatfield, Barbara Cottam, Board Chair Sheri Sweitzer, Helena Foulkes, Laurie White

Fortune magazine recently ranked Ms. Foulkes 26th on its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American business. Her leadership has helped CVS become the largest pharmacy healthcare provider in the United States and played an important role in CVS Health’s courageous decision to eliminate tobacco sales in all the corporation’s stores, which aligns with our commitment to better health through recovery from addictive substances.

While the luncheon celebrated one woman’s outstanding achievements and example for all,  every speaker–from Governor Raimondo to a recent Phoenix House completer and two other incredible young adults–conveyed a serious message: addiction is a disease that can be treated and controlled, and many people in recovery can and do go on to lead tremendously successful lives.

The Honorable Gina Raimondo

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

The opioid addiction epidemic has claimed far too many lives in New England and throughout the United States, and we as well as the entire nation must work together to combat this unprecedented threat to the health and safety. Guests and presenters all commended Phoenix House New England’s leadership role in this fight, and the financial commitments of the event’s many sponsors will provide critical support for our lifesaving work.

Co-Chairs Barbara Cottam, Market Executive, Citizens Bank of Rhode Island; William F. Hatfield, Market President, Bank of America Rhode Island; and Laurie White, President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce guided and produced the event, and supporters of the luncheon included: Premier: The Mercado Family; Patrons: CVS Health, IGT Corporation, NRG Energy, The Sweitzer Family; Champions: The Pawtucket Red Sox; Guardians: Bank of America, The Bickford Family, Citizens Bank of Rhode Island, Nortek, TwoBolt; Stewards: Amica, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Dimeo Construction Company, Dominion Diagnostics, The Eland Family, Gilbane, Inc., The Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg and Goldberg Law Offices, H. Carr & Sons, Inc., Hinckley Allen, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Locke Lord LLP, RDW, Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, LTD

AwardThe Luncheon provided vital support to Phoenix House Rhode Island’s treatment and prevention programs, which include medically monitored detoxification, residential rehabilitation for adult men and women, residential treatment with academic tutoring for adolescents, outpatient care, and recovery housing for those in the early stages of sobriety.

If someone you love is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please call Phoenix House at 1 888 671 9392.  We’re ready to help!


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