‘Gratitude House Gala’ to feature formerMLBplayer Darryl Strawberry
The sixth annual “Gratitude House Gala” will take place March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort in Manalapan. Kim Koslow and Christina Goode, the co-chairwomen for the event, announced that this year’s keynote speaker will be former major league baseball player and minister Darryl Strawberry. The New York, New York theme will feature a full reception, followed by dinner, entertainment from Alex Bach and a “Winners Choice” raffle.
Strawberry battled substance abuse for decades before starting a ministry with his wife. He now travels around the country, sharing his story, and has opened two drug rehab facilities.
“My whole life is different,” said Strawberry, 51. “It’s a joy. I have purpose. I’m doing what I was created to do. I’m grateful for the fact I have the chance to help people.”
The Gratitude House is one of six substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation offering the Mothers and Infants in Treatment Together (MITT) program. “Through our annual gala, we are able to raise much needed funds to continue our offering of long-term, professionally implemented and supervised clinical treatment services to women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues,” said executive director Linda Kane.
The members of this year’s gala planning committee include Kim Koslow, Christina Goode, Lynn Gentithes, Claire Everett, Bea Sallabi, Stephanie Kelly, Linda Kane, Kristen Kernohan, Elle DuPree, Cheryl Abuiso, MoMaynor and Richard Simmons. Margaret Donnelley and Mary Campbell are honorary chairs.
Founded in 1968, by a group of women wanting to help others struggling with alcohol addiction, the Gratitude House helps women battle addiction and co-occurring issues. To lessen the rise in drug addicted-born babies, the West Palm Beach nonprofit began offering the MITT program, and will open the first on site, full-care nursery this summer.
Tickets for the gala are $300 per person, and $3,000 for a table. For more information, call 561-833-6826, ext. 228 or visit www.gratitudehouse.org.
Kim Koslow, left, Elle DuPree, Lynn Gentithes and Linda Kane; Lavinia Baker, back left, and Mo Maynor
Kim Koslow, left, and Lynn Gentithes