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Freedom Institute will host its annual Spring Gala on Wednesday, April 18th at the Mandarin Oriental. This special evening, their largest fundraiser of the year, pays tribute to individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Each year, supporters and colleagues in the recovery field gather for an evening to celebrate the importance of prevention education and treatment and to honor an individual whose commitment to this field is unwavering with the Mona Mansell Award. Past distinguished honorees include First Lady Betty Ford; Peter Steinglass, Director and President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for Families; Tian Dayton, author of Emotional Sobriety and The ACOA Trauma Syndrome, and Bob Roth, the dynamic CEO of the David Lynch Foundation.

This year Freedom Institute will present the 2018 Mona Mansell Award to actor and author, Alec Baldwin, a longtime supporter of people in recovery, and of Freedom Institute and its mission. In his recently published memoir, Nevertheless, Mr. Baldwin identifies himself as an alcoholic in recovery, an example of not only using his far-reaching public platform to encourage people struggling with addiction, but how open and honest discussion of personal struggles can do so much to diminish the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Baldwin to our Spring Gala and paying tribute to his many long-term contributions and achievements.

The evening will be emceed by comedian and comedic actor, Dion Flynn, who is best known as Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Dion has performed stand-up and improv all over NYC and while serving overseas in the U.S. Army.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at, or by contacting the benefit office, Bowen & Company, at 914-231-6180 or [email protected].