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Black Tie International:
Caron New York's 20th Annual Gala
Photos by:  Rose Billings/
 Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Recipient of the Richard J. Carson Award For Excellence  and Julia Terian.  Photo by;  Rose Billing/
 Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Recipient of the Richard J. Carson Award For Excellence
and Julia Terian

Caron New York's 20th Annual Gala


 Denise LeFrak Calicchio
The Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence

Frankie Valli
The Caron Artist Award

Johnny Rzeznik 
The Caron Recovery Advocate Award

 Cipriani, 42nd Street

 May 14, 2014

 Frankie Valli, Recipient of The Caron Artist Award and Michelle Fleury.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
 Frankie Valli, Recipient of The Caron Artist Award and Michelle Fleury
John Calicchio and Denise LeFrak Calicchio.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
John and Denise LeFrak Calicchio
Honoree Denise Lefrak Calicchio and daughter Allison Kaufman.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Honoree Denise Lefrak Calicchio and daughter Allison Kaufman
Paul Williams.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Paul Williams
Ruby Whitmer and Todd Whitmer.  Photo by:   Rose Billings/
Ruby and Todd Whitmer
Jeffrey Lipsitz and his lovely wife Allison Kaufman.  Photo by: Rose Billings/
Jeffrey Lipsitz and his lovely wife Allison Kaufman
Laura Dhue.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Laura Dhue

 Caron New York, the regional office of Caron Treatment Centers honored real estate expert, author and philanthropist Denise LeFrak Calicchio as well as legendary musicians Frankie Valli and front man for the Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Rzeznik at its 20th Annual Gala on Wednesday May 14th at Cipriani on
42nd Street
 in Manhattan.

This annual event raises funds for addiction treatment scholarships to Caron as well as the services and growth of Caron’s New York Center. Caron is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment, which gives more money towards addiction treatment scholarships than any other organization – and last year alone provided more than 16 million dollars to individuals and their families. Caron New York continues its mission of providing “Recovery for Life” through unique services offered for adolescents, young adults, adults and their families.

Each year Caron New York celebrates individuals who have made an impact through their art, their philanthropy, their vocation and their scope and audience.  Previous Artist Award recipients include Roseanne Cash, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Patti LaBelle and Paul Williams. This year’s celebrants will prove to present another unforgettable event.

Denise LeFrak Calicchio: The Richard J Caron Award of Excellence

Denise LeFrak Calicchio, real estate expert, mother, wife, philanthropist, and author, began working professionally in real estate in 1986 in the family business, the LeFrak Organization. She then joined Sotheby’s as a specialist in Manhattan real estate in 1990. Her many charitable and cultural pursuits include serving as Trustee of Marymount College for 13 years as well as on a wide variety of committee and boards including the Women’s Bank Advisory Board, The Metropolitan Museum’s Chairman’s Council, the Executive Board of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the advisory board of The Writing Center at Hunter College, the board of the Cancer Research and Treatment Fund, and Long Island University. She travels extensively with the Guggenheim Museum and she has been the Co-Chair of the Patron’s Circle of the Guggenheim since 2000.  Denise is also on the Contemporary Art Council at the Museum of Modern Art and serves on its nominating committee selecting future members. Denise has co-written two books, offering a look at iconic NYC real estate from an insider’s view. High Rise, Low Down, written with her friends Eunice David and Kathryn Livingston and Rooftop Gardens,written with Roberta Amon. In addition, she was the inspiration for the 1963 hit song Denise, Denise by Randy & the Rainbows.

Frankie Valli: The Caron Artist Award

Frankie Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. From 1962 to 1978, they sold more than 100 million records. With 71 chart hits they influenced numerous recording artists and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tony-winning musical, Jersey Boys, now in its 8th season touring globally, depicts Frankie Valli’s life and times and features his classic songs “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. Frankie Valli has toured almost continuously since 1962.

John Rzeznik: The Caron Recovery Advocate Award

John Rzeznik, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer is best known as a founding member of The Goo Goo Dolls. The Goo Goo Dolls are the only artist to have three songs, all written by John Rzeznik, on Billboard's "Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012" including the Number One slot, for "Iris." John Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award. Rzeznik has penned hundreds of songs and between the years 1987 and 2013, he and the band toured the globe continuously and recorded and released ten studio albums, a compilation, a live DVD, and a Greatest Hits, selling a total of 10 million albums, and the band continues to tour in support of their 10th studio album, Magnetic.

About Caron Treatment Centers

Together, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit addiction treatment providers in the country, focused on a 12-Step recovery program with a powerful clinical component. The Caron Treatment Centers network operates treatment centers in Wernersville, PA and Dallas, TX. In South Florida, Caron operates lifesaving addiction treatment services at Hanley Center, Caron Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County; and Gate Lodge in Vero Beach. Caron also has regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Bermuda, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. For more information on Caron please visit Caron online or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment


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