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Phoenix House News & Views: Friends and Supporters Issue
Phoenix House

August, 2012

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Phoenix House News & Views | Friends and Supporters Issue
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 Message from the President

Dear Friends,

Every day at Phoenix House, we proudly help our clients learn healthy coping tools and begin new lives free from addiction, but it can be easy to forget all of those who work tirelessly “behind the scenes” to make these new lives possible. 

In this issue, we’re honoring our friends, staff members, and supporters of every ilk—from notableartists, writers, and musicians who donate their time and effort to our many board members anddonors who encourage every positive step we take as an organization. Here’s to you—all of you. It’s because of your unflagging dedication that we are able to make such a profound difference in so many lives.

Warm regards,

Howard P. Meitiner

President and CEO


Musician Joins Phoenix House Academy of Austin    

Phoenix House Academy of Austin is proud to announce that Matt Smith will join Phoenix Rising Music Program as Music/Studio Director. Matt is an Austin-based musician, author, teacher, and producer; he has performed with, opened for, or recorded with such artists as B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, and Greg Allman. The program will teach budding young musicians and future producers to analyze how their favorite artists produce songs. Matt will help our teens learn the fine art of production, with the ultimate goal of producing their own original recordings. He shares a commitment to the Phoenix House mission and the young people we serve. Click to learn more about Matt's work with this unique program.

Phoenix Houses of California Welcomes New Board Members


Phoenix Houses of California recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors. Denise Willet Friedman, President of DWF & Associates, started her own marketing research firm in 1975 and has been active in many charitable organizations. Bruce Karatz, former CEO of KB Home, is noted for his efforts to help rebuild Los Angeles after the L.A. Riots and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Michael Kraus has held principal positions at various investment companies, and currently serves as principal at OpenGate Capital. Chris Weitz, a 2011 Phoenix House Achievement Award winner, is a producer, director, and writer whose work includes such hit films as American Pie and About A Boy. These four accomplished individuals make an exciting addition to our board. Click to read more of their stories.  

Artists and Writers Play Ball for Phoenix Houses of Long Island

Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1948, celebrities will hit softballs this weekend to advance a charitable cause. Artists, writers, celebrities and fans will support Phoenix Houses of Long Island by competing in the 64th Annual Artists and Writers Celebrity Softball Game. Phoenix House is among the beneficiaries for the eighth consecutive year. Last year’s event was attended by Christie Brinkley and Russell Simmons, drew over 1000 fans and raised $73,000. Alec Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman, and Paul Simon have swung at bat, and even Bill Clinton has umpired. For more information, click here and for tickets.

True Story Spotlight: Erika  

I started using when I was just 13 years old; I was mostly into meth. I kept ending up in jail or on the streets, homeless. Finally, when I was 15 I got arrested and sent to the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles. I learned so much in treatment—how to trust and be trusted. That’s what got me clean: the group of people who believed in me. Since I’ve been sober I got married, had a son, and became a drug and alcohol counselor. It feels so good to be able to say to my clients, “Look, I’ve been there. And it gets better.”

To read more of Erika's story, click here.

Join Our Twitter Chat: Celebrity, Media and Addiction 

Movie stars, musicians, pro athletes and politicians are no strangers to substance abuse and the effects it can have on their lives.  But we can’t believe every celebrity addiction story we see—or can we?  In our next Twitter chat, co-hosted again by our partners at The Fix, we’re inviting celebrity participants, journalists, and “regular Joes” to weigh in on how fame and media affect addiction and recovery. Join us on September 12, 3-4 PM EST.  Find out how to participate and RSVP here.


Employees Raise Funds for Phoenix Houses of Florida

Phoenix Houses of Florida received a generous donation from the 300 staff members at West Pharmaceutical Servicesin St. Petersburg, Florida. For their West without Borders Charitable Fund Drive, employees held bake sales, an auction and a basket raffle. They exceeded their fundraising goal and raised $6,300 total for Phoenix Houses of Florida—an outstanding example of corporate philanthropy. Read more here.

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