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Turning Point's "Magic & Laughter" Gala Raises $85,000

November 05, 2009

VERONA, NJ – Turning Point’s benefit gala has become an annual tradition over the past decade and, this year, the agency’s Board of Trustees wanted to try something completely different. The result, “An Evening of Magic & Laughter,” raised nearly $85,000 to benefit Turning Point’s treatment programs for those suffering from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction.

The event, held at the elegant Crystal Plaza in Livingston, featured John Pizzi, who performs a singular blend of stand-up comedy, magic, ventriloquism and illusion and who had the 200 guests in stitches.

The evening also included a cocktail dinner reception, music , dancing, and prize raffles. The featured raffle prize was a 52” Toshiba LCD Television donated by Electronics Expo of Wayne.

“Every year, our Gala is a great opportunity to raise funds and touch base with our wonderful supporters,” said Dr. Manuel Guantez, Executive Director, “and this year, it was an especially fun time from start to finish.” Turning Point, nationally recognized for its compassionate and effective treatment of alcoholism and drug dependency, has served more than 35,000 clients from Essex County and surrounding communities at its residential treatment centers since 1975.

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  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magnacare
  • QualCare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • “Turning Point is probably one of the best rehabilitation facilities in New Jersey. Keep up the great work.”

    - Dominick S.
  • “I really liked Turning Point - it was by far the best rehab I've been in. I love the staff and the structure.”

    - Anonymous Male
  • “Great Program! Very Informative From Day 1 thru Day 28. The Counselors And Staff Were Great! Keep Up The Good Work. My Wife Is Attending Nar-Anon In South Jersey.”

    - James D.
  • “You Saved My Life.”

    - Mary S. Clean & Sober Since May 2013
  • “Turning Point has given me a Great Education on my Disease and Addiction. Great Facility!!”

    - Tommy L
  • “Life is great. You guys saved my life. Can't thank you all enough.”

    - Peter C.
  • “Thanks to all of Turning Point that helped save my life!”

    - Michele R K
  • “I have to say that if it wasn't for my counselor Lisa and the other counselors and the OT's there wouldn't there wouldn't be a program. I thank you for your care, consideration, and passion for your jobs.”

    - Anonymous
  • “I am writing just to once again give thanks to you and the staff that helped me at Turning Point, a beacon to open my mind and give me a foundation for my new found life of recovery.”

    - John
  • “Thanks for Turning guys do a hard job working with the disease of addiction, which is at a pandemic stage in the U.S.”

    - KL
  • “Coming to Turning Point made my wife a much stronger and more vital person again.”

    - Family Member
  • “They wouldn’t let me hide from my feelings yet I felt completely supported. Now I know how to deal with my feelings.”

    - Jessica S.
  • “The organization has given thoughtful attention to providing a treatment milieu that responds to the individual needs of the persons served.”

    - CARF
  • “Female”

    - Cindy Zucker, New Brunswick
  • “The Best”

    - Frank L., Paulsboro

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