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Son of former President Ford to speak in Geneva

The Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes is a non-profit agency designated by the state as a community-based alcoholism and drug abuse prevention agency. On May 13th, the Board of Directors of the Council is holding the 25th Anniversary Luncheon and a silent auction to celebrate the work and accomplishments of this agency over these years. The luncheon will be held on May 13th, from 11:30 – 2:00 pm, at Club 86 in Geneva. The featured speaker is Steven Ford, actor of some 10 television programs and 30 movies, corporate motivational speaker, and son of President Gerald and Betty Ford, who will be speaking on alcoholism as a family disease. Robert Lindsey, president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will also speak on the need for community advocacy.The Council will also be honoring three individuals who are retiring after years of service on behalf of alcoholics and family members. The Council will be presenting certificates of appreciation to Judi Dewall, formerly from the Finger Lakes Health Detoxification Program; Mary Grace, of the Seneca County Addictions Clinic, and David Barnick, former director of the Dick Van Dyke Addictions Treatment CenterThe Council has now completed 25 years of service and over these years has delivered over 150,000 units-of-service (prevention activities) to youth, parents and the general community throughout the five-county Finger Lakes region served (Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.) The Council provides classroom presentations, teacher trainings, and parent trainings. They have worked with all the community action groups, local governments and schools. They provide consultation, free fact sheets and literature on drug abuse, and over these past 25 years have helped to facilitate over 3,000 referrals to alcohol/drug treatment programs.Nelson Acquilano, the Executive Director of the Council said that the Board of Directors is honored that Mr. Ford will be joining them for this celebration. Acquilano stated that alcohol and drug abuse remains the number one public health problem in America, and communities need to sustain a focused and concerted effort to reduce and eradicate this disease which affects some 22 million Americans.The luncheon and program registration fee is $25. The public is invited, and reservations can be made by calling the Council at (315) 789-0310.

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