Putnam Family & Community Services To Host Benefit on Oct. 17

Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS), the only private, not-for-profit agency providing licensed counseling and treatment for mental health and substance abuse in Putnam County, announces its annual fundraising benefit dinner dance to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at Salem Golf Club, North Salem, New York. Proceeds will support the mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs of PFCS, reaching 1 in 12 residents in the community.

“This year we said goodbye to our dear friend and longtime patron, the late Sidney Gibson. In his memory, we have established the Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award to celebrate those who have dared to imagine a world where everyone has hope for wellness and recovery,” said Diane Russo, PFCS executive director. “Our first honorees, Steve and Susan Salomone and Lou and Carol Christiansen, will be recognized at the event for their tireless work to drive awareness for intervention and prevention in the face of our current drug crisis.”

When Sen. Charles Schumer visited Putnam County last month, he declared heroin abuse in Putnam County an “epidemic” in need of the federal government’s attention and resources. According to Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith, heroin arrests have increased by more than 300 percent in two years and heroin deaths have increased four-fold.

The benefit includes dinner, dancing and music by Tony Merando and The Crossroads Band. PFCS will also host a silent auction.

For tickets and information, visit PFCSInc.org or contact Debbie Levin at 845-225-2700, ext. 136 or dlevin@pfcsinc.org.

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