Gosnold, Inc., hosted its annual board officers appreciation luncheon October 31 at The Popponesset Inn in Mashpee, a tradition started by Gosnold in 2017.
Don Quenneville, Gosnold’s chairman of the board, offered opening remarks, recognized each guest and emphasized the importance of community support and philanthropy to Gosnold’s continuing success.
The luncheon featured two Champion Awards to honor special supporters who advocate for Gosnold’s mission, which is to excel in addiction and mental health treatment; to serve men, women and families affected by these illnesses; and to promote lasting recovery. Two additional awards were given this year: Gosnold’s Rising Star and Advocate for Change.
Michael Fish, President/CEO of Dellbrook JKS, received the 2019 Gosnold Community Champion award. Dellbrook’s financial support for Gosnold extends back to 2002 and its contribution to the organization’s Legacy Gala and other events helps to sustain much-needed services including prevention, family support groups, recovery technology and alumni services.
Under the leadership of Mr. Fish, Dellbrook JKS has grown into one of the largest building contractors in New England with expertise in healthcare, hospitality, multi-family housing, private education, historic renovation, and senior and assisted living construction.
Recognized by Preservation Massachusetts for its work in historic renovation, Dellbrook JKS is widely acclaimed in its field, as well as recognized year-after-year as one of the top philanthropic companies in the region by the Boston Business Journal. As a business leader in the community, Dellbrook JKS offers strong support for the Gosnold mission and supports some of the organization’s valuable but unfunded initiatives.
“Mike and his team at Dellbrook JKS are among Gosnold’s most ardent supporters,” said Gosnold’s president and CEO Richard Curcuru. “Mike expresses passion for our work at Gosnold and contributes in ways that directly help our patients and families. Gosnold’s leadership team was unanimous in Mike’s selection as our 2019 Community Champion. He carries forward a great family legacy of philanthropy with heart and grace. We are privileged to consider Mike and Dellbrook JKS as our friend.”
Gosnold also honored Ed Kardon, executive manager and owner of 24 Auto Group with the Friends & Family Champion award for his donation of two brand-new Jeep Wranglers in 2018 and 2019. 24 Auto Group also served as Gosnold’s Keynote and Pinnacle Sponsor for 2018 and 2019 Legacy Galas, respectively. The donation of two Jeeps allowed Gosnold to leverage raffle proceeds toward the agency’s unfunded and underfunded services.
Mike Lauf, president/CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, accepted the Advocate for Change award. Cape Cod Healthcare has changed the conversation around substance use disorder and how it impacts a community. Contributions from the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation and the Cape Cod Substance Abuse Prevention Fund have enabled Gosnold to successfully launch innovative, community-based initiatives designed to promote access to care, raise awareness around the need for treatment, and reduce stigma associated with securing treatment for substance use disorders. Financial support from Cape Cod Healthcare has specifically enhanced Gosnold’s police overdose intervention, emergency department recovery coaching, community prevention, and school-based counseling programs.
Gosnold also recognized Alan Slatas as the organization’s 2019 Rising Star for his work in founding The Jillian Foundation. Alan started the foundation in memory of his daughter, Jillian Slatas, who died from an overdose in 2017. The Jillian Foundation held “Jillian’s Angelic Dreams Concert” last summer on Martha’s Vineyard to raise awareness and resources for alternative forms of accessible treatment and services. Concert proceeds will benefit a new harm reduction education program at Gosnold, expected to begin in 2020.