Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf helped raise awareness of the CARP (Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs) mission at a luncheon with more than 250 people. He was the keynote speaker at the organization’s annual Spring Luncheon March 2 at the Four Seasons Resort.
Leaf talked about his journey from star quarterback to opioid addict and learning to help others, which he said saved his life.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg also spoke about leading the Sober Homes Task Force, which led to arrests for patient brokering and insurance fraud in the rehab industry, and how organizations such as CARP are critical to resolving the problems presented by the opioid crisis.
Guests mingled with honorary chairman and chairwoman Park Miller and Patty Dean and chairman and chairwoman Michael and Cat Cabot during the reception in the Living Room. The party then shifted toward the Royal Poinciana Ballroom for lunch. A fundraising drive led by Kelly V. Landers, president of the board of directors, raised $500,000 in pledges and receipts.
The Board of Directors of CARP is thankful for support from sponsors including Park Miller and Patty Dean, Tiffany & Co, Neiman Marcus, Rocco’s Tacos, Bill DeMott and Mo Maynor, Holistix Treatment Centers, Nicole C. Morris, P.A., Pike & Lustig, LLC, and Kelly Landers, Esq., as well as support from foundations including the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, J.M. Rubin Foundation, Cathleen McFarlane Foundation, and the Lang Family Trust.
Money raised will support the CARP men’s and women’s residences. The gender-specific 12 Step Homes offer supervised, abstinence-based recovery to Palm Beach County’s economically vulnerable. The women’s home, Serenity, will open in June, and the men’s home will follow in October.