‘Grat­i­tude House Gala’ to fea­ture for­merMLB­player Dar­ryl Straw­berry

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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

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