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SWFAS to celebrate recovery at 30th anniversary luncheon April 1

By Staff | Mar 30, 2010

Community leaders, board members and supporters will celebrate the joy of recovery from substance abuse and the 30th anniversary of Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) on Thursday, April 1 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The recession-friendly “Brown Bag” luncheon is free, due to the generosity of several sponsors, and seats are still available. Anyone who would like to attend may reserve a seat by calling 239-931-9688 or responding online to rsvp@swfas.org. Requests will be honored on a first come-first serve basis.

The Brown Bag lunch, which really will be served in a brown paper bag, is made possible due to major sponsorships from Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Chico’s, First Community Bank of Southwest Florida, Goldberg Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone, LLC, Leading Edge Financial Group, Inc. and Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.

“We are very grateful for the support we’ve had over the years that has made it possible for us to help others. This will be a celebration of new beginnings and lives saved because SWFAS is here,” said SWFAS CEO Kevin B. Lewis.

“You’re Got A Friend” is the theme of the luncheon, which also will include special recognition for a few individuals with long-standing service to the non-profit organization.

The program also will include highlights from SWFAS’ first 30 years, a tribute to donors, and speakers who have gotten their lives back on track because of SWFAS.

SWFAS is the most comprehensive substance abuse treatment and prevention program in Southwest Florida, serving 6,000 people per year from ages 9 to 90. SWFAS offers outpatient and residential programs for both adults and youngsters from five locations in Lee County and two in Hendry and Glades counties.

In addition, SWFAS provides detoxification services for adults, prevention programming for youth and adults, and an Employee Assistance Program for about 60 Southwest Florida businesses. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private insurance is accepted. SWFAS is a United Way agency.

For more information about the Brown Bag luncheon, call 239-931-9688.