Phoenix Houses of New England’s 2013 Public Service Award Luncheon, a tribute to Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator for Rhode Island, was held Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Omni Providence Hotel. The luncheon annually honors an exceptional man or woman whose achievements and service to the community serve as an inspiration to young people struggling with substance abuse, and Senator Whitehouse’s commitment to the people of Rhode Island, and to Phoenix House in particular, is an outstanding example of dedication. With his leadership and the support of his congressional colleagues throughout the region, Phoenix Houses of New England received funding for the development and implementation of Welligent, our electronic health care record system. He helped set the standard for excellence in the development of health care information technology and established Rhode Island as a leader in the process. This year’s luncheon raised more than $100,000 in support of Phoenix House’s continuum of services, which range from detoxification through residential and outpatient treatment to sober living accommodations.
The celebration, which began with a reception to greet and congratulate Senator Whitehouse, was presided over by master of ceremonies Dan Jaehnig, News Anchor at NBC10 WJAR. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance, including Jack Reed, Rhode Island’s senior senator, Congressman David Cicilline, the state’s junior representative, Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and executives from many of Rhode Island and Southern New England’s leading corporations, businesses, and professional firms.
The presentation of the Public Service Award to Senator Whitehouse was followed by moving speeches by a young Phoenix House completer and his mother, attesting to the compassionate yet rigorous care that helped him turn his life around.
Sponsors of the event included the following:
The Sweitzer Family
Taco/The White Family Foundation
The Eland Family
The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation
Bank of America NA
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Gilbane Building Company
Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg
and Robert D. Goldberg, Esq.
Laborers’ International Union of North America