APT Foundation’s 3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser celebrating the power of recovery was a roaring success! Thanks in part to our generous supporterwe raised over $70,000 that will directly benefit individuals who use our programs and services. The local support we received is an affirmation of the importance of the APT Foundation to the people in our community and a tribute to those in recovery.
It was so nice to see friends gathered on September 11th at the picturesque Owenego Inn for a night of great fun, delicious food, and fabulous music. Gala attendees crowded the dance floor as renowned artist Joni Madden & Andy Cutic along with guest Mathew Crowley rocked the house!
The eclectic collection of silent and live auction items generously donated by local businesses (including, Hancock Pharmacy, Shubert Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Java Nail & Spa, Color Spa Nails, Nica’s Market, Robert E. Shure Funeral, Eder Bros., Boston Red Sox Association, Ellen Iead Custom Cakes, Libero Jewelers, Yale Repertory Theatre, Eli’s Brick Oven Pizza, Spectrum Hair Design, Quick Center for Arts, Mrs. Angela DiMeola, Bellini’s Italian Restaurant, Fairfield Theatre Company, Owenego Inn, Cooper’s Dress Shop, Maple View Farm, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Forget Me Not Floral Shop, Lyman Orchards, Mohegan Sun, and House of Chao). Everyone was extremely excited and it showed in the success of the bidders who generously supported APT Foundation with 100% of the items sold at above their value!!!
One of the primary goals of APT is to provide innovative strategies to increase access, retention and engagement of individuals in our treatment programs. Through the generosity of our supporters we were able to launch several new initiatives that further the APT’s mission to promote health and recovery for those who live with substance use disorders or mental illness. During the past year APT has been involved in a major effort to address the growing problem of overdose deaths that has been affecting our Connecticut communities as well much of the rest of the United States.
This year we prescribed over 600 free Narcan Kits to our patients and their families. We also expanded our Horticulture Group Therapy Program, which provides individuals with hands-on gardening experience cultivating vegetables and herbs. Participants, especially those who struggle to engage in traditional group therapy, have experienced new feelings of self-worth and improved participation in their recovery. We also began to offer a Creative Arts Group at our residential facility where individuals can express their creativity through crocheting, knitting, painting, drawing, and crafting jewelry and collages. The act of creating art enhances self-esteem, self-soothes, connects, and enhances focus & concentration.
Donations from individuals in our community help to support these and other therapeutic activities which provide recovery with an additional layer of hope and inspiration. Thank you.
If you would like to make a tax -deductible donation to support our programs please click on the DONATE link. at the top of this page.