A character known as ‘Beamer’ will light up the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage on Saturday, January 31 , 2015, for the third annual Beamer Awards, benefiting the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center.
The animated ‘bulb boy’ – who opens up discussions with children coping with addiction in their family – will host an evening of entertainment and awareness for the Children’s Program, according to a release from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
“Beamer helps children realize they are not alone and that addiction is not their fault,” said Jerry Moe, director of the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center. “He is one of the stars of our Children’s Program, so it is fitting that he be the star of this special evening as well.”
This year, the Beamer Awards will honor G. Aubrey Serfling, the President/CEO of Eisenhower Medical Center. In 2001, Serfling joined the Board of Directors of the Betty Ford Center – now the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Board of Trustees.
According to the release, Serfling was instrumental in discussions which led to the merger of the Betty Ford Center and the Hazelden Foundation – creating the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment organization.
With decades of combined expertise and industry-leading knowledge, the merger fostered even more innovation and leadership to restoring hope, healing and health to individuals and families, officials said.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation now has 15 sites across the United States.
Guests of the Beamer Awards will also enjoy entertainment by Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey of Saturday Night Live fame, as well as a number of films featuring some of his legendary characters such as” The Church Lady” and “Garth” from Wayne’s World. Carvey has also received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations of such political figures as George and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, H. Ross Perot, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, as well as Johnny Carson, Andy Rooney, Regis Philbin and Casey Kasem.
The Beamer Awards Committee is chaired by Madeline Redstone and Elizabeth Kabler Sorensen, joined by committee members Helene Galen, Wendy Goodfriend, Lois Horvitz, Jamie Kabler, Marjorie Kulp, Donna MacMillan, Greg and Stacy Renker and Sue Timken.
“It is my honor to chair the Beamer Awards for the Betty Ford Center, as its mission and the Children’s Program are very close to my heart,” said Redstone. “This committee has put together an extraordinary event that will enlighten those who attend, and truly convey the need for support for this crucial program at the Betty Ford Center – where no child is turned away for lack of funds.”
At the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program, kids talk openly in a safe, supportive environment and are encouraged to express their feelings about this cunning, baffling disease.
The Children’s Program is open to the public, and parents do not have to be patients at the Betty Ford Center in order for their children to participate.
Get involved with sponsorship or purchase tickets for the 2015 Beamer Awards or call (760) 773-4105.