Starting Place Honors Senator Nan Rich with First Shaffer Memorial Award

Joel Kaufman, Mark Fontaine, Nan Rich, Tammy Tucker

Joel Kaufman, Mark Fontaine, Nan Rich, Tammy Tucker

The Starting Place honored Florida State Senator Nan Rich for her outstanding efforts on behalf of those facing substance abuse and mental health issues with the presentation of the inaugural Sheldon Shaffer Memorial Award at its annual breakfast. The award celebrates the life of Mr. Sheldon Shaffer, a founder and the first executive director of The Starting Place, who passed away earlier this year.

“It’s only fitting that Senator Rich should receive this first award since her passion for our cause is as strong as Mr. Shaffer’s was,” said Dr. Joel Kaufman, CEO of The Starting Place. “We congratulate her for her important efforts in helping those in need in our community.” Continue reading

Addressing Substance Abuse: Aronberg, Broward Judges Speak at Starting Place Breakfast

Carmel Cafiero, Starting Place Board Member Paul Daly, Starting Place Board Member Ray Ferrero, Honoree Dave Aronberg

Carmel Cafiero, Starting Place Board Member Paul Daly, Starting Place Board Member Ray Ferrero, Honoree Dave Aronberg

The Starting Place honored former Florida State Senator Dave Aronberg and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Broward County Drug Court at its annual fundraising breakfast themed “Unleash Your Potential.”

Aronberg detailed his long-term dedication to establishing a prescription drug data base and Broward County Drug Court Judges Marcia Beach, Melanie May and Gisele Pollack spoke of the importance of Broward County Drug Courts as a diversion program for teens, young adults and adult drug offenders. Continue reading

Pediatric Associates Makes $5,000 Contribution to The Starting Place

pediatricThe Starting Place recently received a $5,000 grant from the Pediatric Associates Foundation to support its Youth Opportunities Program, which provides in-home counseling for low-income, high-risk adolescents aged 12 to 17 with substance abuse and/or mental health issues who have committed a misdemeanor juvenile offense.

The Pediatric Associates Foundation is an independent, charitable organization that raises money to provide grants to charitable organizations and programs that benefit children and youth in South Florida. As pediatricians, the group is uniquely positioned to identify areas of need in the community. Continue reading

The Starting Place Nets $20,000 at Breakfast Honoring Pat Kramer

David Sofferin, Pat Kramer, Neal McGarry

David Sofferin, Pat Kramer, Neal McGarry

The Starting Place attracted 150 guests and raised $20,000 at its “Dive into Recovery” annual breakfast honoring Pat Kramer, a tireless advocate for those dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.

“Clearly, the community appreciates Pat and her hard work on behalf of Broward’s mental health community,” said Dr. Joel Kaufman, The Starting Place CEO. “She’s one of those dedicated unsung heroes who really make a difference in the lives of those she serves. We were so pleased to pull her into the forefront for this special recognition.” Continue reading