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Record-Breaking Night of Hope Raises Awareness and Resources to Help Long Islanders Facing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders


Nassau County, NY (November 8, 2018) – As co-occurring opioid usage and mental health issues continue ravaging Long Island’s families at record levels, close to 300 supporters from near and far showed their support for the area’s leading mental health and substance use treatment provider—nonprofit CN Guidance & Counseling Services—by attending its 4th annual Taste of Hope Gala fundraiser and awareness-builder. The event, held October 24th at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, sold out and raised thousands of dollars.

Last year, nearly 600 Long Island residents died from opioid overdoses—the most ever. And many of those with addictions simultaneously face untreated mental illness.

The Taste of Hope fundraiser—emceed this year by Kristin Thorne of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News—has proven to repeatedly draw concerned and generous supporters in what has become an annual tradition that combines issue-awareness building; an honoring of community members leading positive change; and an inspiring culinary event featuring tastings from some of the region’s premier restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries, and specialty beverage purveyors; along with a fundraising raffle and silent auction—all raising money for a vital cause.

Event proceeds support the pioneering nonprofit’s critical ability to help almost 7000 individuals annually to address and overcome heroin and prescription pill addiction, severe depression, anxiety, suicidality, and other mental health and substance use disorders.

“For us to enable recovery of the thousands of individuals we serve each year, we count heavily on community support—especially now, during a time when healthcare reimbursement is changing in unpredictable ways.” said Jeffrey Friedman, CEO of CN Guidance & Counseling Services ( “The energy and enthusiasm for this event for the last four years is a true testament to the commitment of our community to our long-term goals of preventing and treating both substance use and mental health disorders.”

Speaking at the event, Ryan Bonner – Regional Editor for Long Island and the Hudson Valley – spoke about his personal story highlighting the need for preventative mental health.

The evening also took time to honor two individuals — DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature; and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Director of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) to Treatment of Northwell Health — for their special partnership, dedication and contributions toward improving individuals’ and the community’s health.

CN Guidance and Counseling thanked the 2018 event’s most generous sponsors included Cook Maran, Alcott HR, Brown Weinraub, Barker Family, Northwell Health, Pink, Quality Laboratory Service, J.R. Transportation Service and M&T Bank. Additional organizational sponsors included Nawrocki Smith, Signature Bank, Seafield, Bridge Back To Life Center, Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network, The Kenneth Peters Center For Recovery, Duck Island Bread Company, O’Shea Funeral Homes, Anton Cerrone Realty, Atlantic Chevrolet, Adelphi University, and Mutual of America—along with dozens of businesses that made in-kind or cash donations.


About CN Guidance and Counseling Services: Established in 1972, the purpose of CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and the only state Certified Community Behavioral Health Center on Long Island, is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders by recognizing and addressing the integration of mental health and physical health. The organization leverages a holistic perspective, driven by its belief in the ability of every individual to recover.