Northbrook woman recognized for work in drug prevention

by pat krochmal | pkrochmal@pioneerlocal.com November 6, 2012 12:10PM

 Marcia Doniger, founder of the Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness, has been honored for three   decades of tireless efforts by the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.

 Doniger recently received on a Lifetime Achievement Award for organizing and promoting substance abuse prevention programs in the community.

 “Nearly three decades ago, Marcia Doniger answered then-First Lady Nancy Reagan’s call to take action against the drug epidemic brewing in America. As a stay-at-home mom who served as president of her local PTA, she had no prior knowledge of the issue or how to tackle it,” said Susan Rifkin, executive director of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.

“However, she stepped forward to change her community, knowing full well that lives were at stake. Forming “Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness” with a few volunteers, she found her passion, and never looking back, has changed the lives of thousands.”

Although Doniger soon discovered that her town was in denial about drug abuse, she furthered her own education about prevention, which was necessary to make a significant impact, Rifkin said.

She took a variety of courses and seminars, becoming a source of information and motivation for the organization and community at large, she added.

Doniger developed a multi-pronged approach to reach Northbrook residents wherever and however she could: by newsletter, parent education series, fundraising walks to “Just Say No,” parlor meetings, and convening town hall sessions. And she continues to develop ways to reach out, Rifkin said.

“Marcia has demonstrated the true spirit of volunteerism — an integral part of the Cebrin Goodman Center,” said Larry Goodman, Chairman of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.

“By reaching out to all facets of her community, she has changed the face of Northbrook’s drug prevention efforts.”