NEW YORK (May 9, 2013) – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbiaTM) raised more than $1.5 million at its 21st Annual Awards Dinner held Wednesday night at The Pierre.
“We have achieved a great deal in the past 22 years but there remains much more work to do and we need everyone's help,” Jeffrey B. Lane, chairman of CASAColumbia told the crowd of approximately 325. “We know there are many devastating diseases competing for our attention. While the human suffering and societal costs for each are substantial, the disease of addiction dwarfs them all in terms of numbers of people affected and human and financial costs to society. Join with us tonight and pledge to help shine the light of science on this disease, bringing quality treatment to those in need and beginning the search for a cure.”
Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation received the Distinguished Service Award for his significant corporate leadership, philanthropic commitment and longstanding partnership with CASAColumbia and Julie Chen of CBS received the award for her professional commitment to raise awareness of CASAColumbia and her valued partnership in our mission.
“At CBS we are so terribly proud to be a part of this evening and proud to be a part of your work,” Moonves said. “The work that CASA does is truly remarkable and extraordinary.”
Additionally, Inspiration Awards were presented to award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis for her empowering candor on substance use and her distinguished service as a CASAColumbia Board Member and to Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants, for a lifetime of leadership and outstanding civic commitment to children and the community.
“Long after we are all gone, the work that CASA did and continues to do will live on,” said Curtis.
Coughlin told the crowd, “I encourage you to continue to partner with CASA to achieve their lofty goals.”
Norah O’Donnell, co-host of CBS This Morning, served as master of ceremonies.
CASAColumbia is a science-based, multidisciplinary organization focused on transforming society’s understanding of and response to the disease of addiction. Founded in 1992 by Former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASAColumbia assembles the professional skills needed to research, prevent, treat and eliminate this disease. CASAColumbia conducts its own research and also utilizes the scientific findings of others to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance use and addiction in all sectors of society and its impact on their lives. CASAColumbia aims to reduce the stigma attached to this disease and replace shame with hope. For more information www.casacolumbia.org .
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Photos courtesy of Eric Weiss.