The luncheon program featured the inspiring remarks of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and a warm welcome from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey. Maria Vinci Savetierre, Esq., Executive Director of Deirdre’s House, the Center for Morris County’s Child Victims of Abuse and Neglect, one of the grant recipients, provided an impactful, realistic picture of the issue of child abuse and emphasized that the children need not only medical and physical, but also emotional and spiritual care. Anita Baglaneas Devlin, an advocate for addiction recovery, delivered a moving keynote address on the national epidemic of opioid addiction. Ms. Devlin’s compelling story demonstrates that no one is immune from addiction and there is ‘no room for judgment and shame because we are all God’s children.’
The 2017 Children's Medical Fund Luncheon raised $450,000, and grants totaling $253,700 were awarded at the luncheon.
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