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For Immediate Release
CHICAGO, May 29, 2012 – In line with the Cebrin Goodman Center’s mission to increase advocacy, awareness, and education, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Award for Excellence in Drug Abuse Prevention will acknowledge and applaud an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of substance abuse prevention. The winner of the award will receive a $10,000 prize.
“Our nation is threatened by the number of deaths each year attributed to substance abuse. We hope that this award will encourage professionals and community members to keep up the important work in finding solutions to this problem. We also want the public to recognize the magnitude of this issue and take it as seriously as they would any other national threat. The future of our nation is in jeopardy if we don’t acknowledge this epidemic now,” said Larry Goodman.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck Lillian and Larry Goodman when they lost their granddaughter, Cebrin, to drug addiction. In 2005, they formed The Cebrin Goodman Center as a branch of their family foundation. The Center has since granted millions of dollars to state, local, and national teen drug prevention programs.
“Cebrin was an accomplished student, artist, and dancer. We were devastated to have her to be taken away from us as a result of addiction. We don’t want other families to have to go through the same experience and we want to save young people from losing their lives to drugs. Educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse is the answer,” said Larry Goodman, chairman.
The Cebrin Goodman Center is currently accepting nominations for the inaugural award that will be presented at Roosevelt University at 3 pm on October 11, 2012. This free event is co-sponsored by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.
The Center is seeking nominees who are innovative, forward thinkers, and demonstrate outstanding initiative in creating, developing, and delivering substance abuse prevention programs. Professionals, private citizens, and students are welcome to apply.
The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations are dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations that address hunger issues, education, and promote the prevention of drug abuse. For more information visit www.llgoodmanfdn.org.
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