Resolution J1458-2013

Congratulating the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and honoring the recipients of its 2013 Founder's and Humanitarian awards

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  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating the Long Island Council on Alco-
holism and Drug Dependence upon the occasion of its  26th  Annual  Angel
Ball  and honoring the recipients of its 2013 Founder's and Humanitarian
awards

WHEREAS, Individuals and organizations who give of their time and  ener-
gies  and  serve  the  best  interests of their communities are an asset
beyond remuneration and cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  to  acknowledge
outstanding  individuals  and  organizations  whose  professional lives,
personal endeavors and community service are an example and  inspiration
to the community and to colleagues, friends, and family; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  congratu-
late  the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence upon the
occasion of its 26th Annual Angel Ball and honor the recipients  of  its
2013 Founder's and Humanitarian awards; this auspicious occasion will be
celebrated  on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Garden City Hotel in Garden
City, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Long Island Council on  Alcoholism  and  Drug  Dependence
(LICADD)  is the leading nonprofit organization on Long Island dedicated
to addressing the challenges of alcoholism and drug dependence; and
  WHEREAS, For 57 years,  LICADD  has  successfully  delivered  evidence
based  programs  designed  to  prevent  and  treat  substance  abuse and
addiction;  it  offers  crisis  intervention,  screening,  brief  inter-
ventions,  referrals  to  treatment, and planned family interventions to
local residents struggling with addiction; and
  WHEREAS, LICADD's 2013 Humanitarian Award Recipient and Keynote Speak-
er, William C. Moyers, is the  Vice  President  of  Public  Affairs  and
Community Relations at the Hazelden Foundation, based in Minnesota; and
  WHEREAS,  William  C.  Moyers leads the Hazelden Foundation's advocacy
and policy initiatives, using his own life to  highlight  the  power  of
addiction and promise and possibility of recovery; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2006,  William  C. Moyers wrote the New York Times best-
selling memoir, "Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption"; his  new
book  is  "Now  What?  An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery"; in
addition, he has appeared on "Larry King Live", "Oprah",  "Good  Morning
America" and "National Public Radio"; and
  WHEREAS, William C. Moyers grew up in Garden City, New York; he is the
father of three children and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota; and
  WHEREAS, LICADD's 2013 Founder's Award is to be presented posthumously
to  its  beloved  former  Board  Chair  and  longtime board member, Curt
Webster, CVLE; and
  WHEREAS, Curt Webster was LICADD's Board Chair during a  pivotal  time
in  its  growth;  he  helped set the stage for the organization to reach
even more young people, serve more families and  have  a  bigger  impact
than ever before; and
  WHEREAS,  For  over  two  decades,  Curt  Webster worked tirelessly to
ensure the expansion of LICADD's alcohol and drug  prevention  programs;
his  singular devotion to LICADD's mission of saving lives is well-docu-
mented; he served on many committees including the  Leadership  Council,
Executive Committee and the Angel Ball Committee, as well as on the Golf
Committee  where he helped to build the now-legendary R. Brinkley Smith-
ers Golf Invitational; and
  WHEREAS, Curt Webster was an accomplished  vehicle  financing  profes-
sional and an astute businessman, exemplifying the highest ethical stan-
dards  and  served  on  many industry boards; in addition to his profes-

sional  associations,  he   helped   many   community   and   charitable
organizations and was an ardent philanthropist; and
  WHEREAS,  Leading by the power of example, Curt Webster was devoted to
his family, cared deeply about his community and was an unwavering cham-
pion for recovery; he is survived by his  beloved  wife,  Georgina,  his
children  Dawn  and Bobby and their spouses, Donna and Peter, and by his
grandchildren, Dayna, Luciana, and Peter Curtis; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of their professional and commu-
nity service, a period of  constructive  involvement,  both  William  C.
Moyers and Curt Webster stood constant in dignity, good grace and humor,
and  earned  the  respect and admiration of their colleagues, family and
friends; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by individuals
for the benefit of others which both William C. Moyers and Curt  Webster
displayed throughout their lives; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and  Drug  Dependence
upon the occasion of its 26th Annual Angel Ball and honor the recipients
of its 2013 Founder's and Humanitarian awards; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to William C. Moyers and to the family of Curt Webster.

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