The Betty Ford Center Children’s Program, which educates and supports girls and boys ages 7-12 to be healthy and safe when a family member has a substance use disorder, will hold its first-ever fundraising event in Denver on May 23 at the Cherry Hills Country Club.
More than 160 supporters of this integral program for family wellbeing are expected at the dinner to honor the extraordinary legacy of the late Bill Daniels, a Colorado civic leader who played a significant role in the Betty Ford Center and its Children’s Program, which has a branch in Aurora.
Through the support of the Daniels Fund and other generous donors, the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program—part of the nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s leader in addiction treatment and recovery—has helped thousands of boys and girls safely navigate the challenges of growing up in a family impacted by addiction. In addition to Aurora, the Children’s Program is offered at the Foundation’s locations in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and in Irving, Texas.
“We never turn a child away who needs our help, so we reach out to communities for financial support,” said Jerry Moe, National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program. “Our fundraising efforts also go toward financing the “Beamer’s World” project, which includes books, cartoons and a website for children in the program.”
Reaching out to young children with care and support was a priority for former First Lady Betty Ford when she opened the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, according to Moe.
“Mrs. Ford was very clear that addiction is a family disease and that all family members need help and support,” Moe explains. “She understood that addiction often puts families in financial ruin and that those are exactly the children who desperately need our help and support.”
Donations allow the program to be there with open arms for the next child who needs care and support. Visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/For-The-Kids to learn more about giving opportunities. And visit ColoradoBeamerAwards.org for additional information on the Inaugural Colorado Beamer Awards on May 23.
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