LICADD Raises Funds To Expand Service

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LICADD board members Barbara Posillico and Jeanne Posillico Leonard and golf guests(Photos by David Conn Photography)

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) hosted the 37th annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational on Oct. 3. Participants had their choice of teeing off at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho or Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley.

“This landmark golf event offers an opportunity to provide hope and healing to at-risk individuals and the families who support them. LCIADD gratefully thanks our sponsors and golfers for making the event successful,” said executive director Steve Chassman, LCSW, and CASAC.

Christopher Smithers, Scott Clark and golf guests

Named for LICADD founder, R. Brinkley Smithers, the landmark tournament raised more than $254,000 to ensure that the services LICADD provides—from screening, intervention and referral services, to recovery support, prevention education, an employee assistance program and mentoring—all remain accessible to the individuals and families who are most affected by drug and alcohol abuse on Long Island. No one is ever turned away from receiving services due to financial hardship.

This event offered a challenging round on two of Long Island’s premier courses. Event co-chairs, Michael Brennan, Bill Baum, and Jeffery Capazzi, agree on the appeal of the R. Brinkley Smithers tournament.

“R. Brinkley Smithers has earned a reputation as one of Long Island’s most popular charity golf tournaments—how fitting that it is dedicated to raising critical funds at the height of a national drug crisis with Long Island being especially hard hit,” said Michael Brennan, event co-chair and board chair.

The day ended with a lovely reception at Meadow Brook Club. LICADD was pleased to have friend to the agency and former ABC sportscaster, Scott Clark emcee the live auction. Special guests, included Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Smithers of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and son of beloved founders, R. Brinkley and Adele Smithers.

If you know someone who may be at risk for alcohol and drug abuse, speak to someone 24/7 at 516-747-2606 or www.licadd.org. Help is here. You are not alone.

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