Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Celebrating Creative Recovery!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors, Spring Brunch attendees, silent auction bidders,raffle ticket buyers, and other donors, this year’s event raised more than $94,000!

If you were not able to join us, please see the links below to view photos from this year’s Spring Brunch, as well as a video recording of the program.

We are grateful for your support and more motivated than ever to continue this journey with you.

Thank you again!

Kim Porter, CFRS
Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation

Celebrating Creative Recovery!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors, Spring Brunch attendees, silent auction bidders,raffle ticket buyers, and other donors, this year’s event raised more than $94,000!

If you were not able to join us, please see the links below to view photos from this year’s Spring Brunch, as well as a video recording of the program.

We are grateful for your support and more motivated than ever to continue this journey with you.

Thank you again!

Kim Porter, CFRS
Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation

Speakers & Honorees

Master of Ceremonies:  Damian Holbrook

Damian Holbrook grew up in Lansdowne, PA and after four terrifying years in an all-boys Catholics high school, attended Temple University for journalism. Upon graduating, he was hired by a national entertainment magazine, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. He has moderated celebrity panels on both coasts, co-hosted a podcast and appeared on several TV talks shows, but he is most proud of training his Chihuahua Bud to expect treats and belly scratches around the clock. He now lives in Haverford, PA and has been sober since Nov. 2nd, 1997.

Welcome Remarks:
Casey Duffy

Casey Duffy is the President of Be a Part of the Conversation’s Board of Directors. Casey is the President and General Managing Partner of Delaware Valley Remediation in Wayne, Pennsylvania. As a person in long term recovery (over 36 years), Casey is a member of Caron Treatment Centers Board of Trustees, has served as Chair of the Chester County Commissioners Drug and Alcohol Services Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Chester-Montgomery Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Casey and his wife Christine live in Charlestown Township (Malvern) with son Cotter and daughter Coeli.

Closing Remarks:
Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW is the Clinical Advisor to Be a Part of the Conversation. Michael is the Co-Founder of Ethos Treatment, LLC and is a licensed clinical social worker with more than twenty years of experience providing direct clinical treatment for those who are dually diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues. He has worked in all levels of care in the treatment of addiction and mental health, with extensive expertise in establishing and supervising residential and outpatient programs throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

Conversation Inspiration Awards

This year our Conversation Inspiration Awards will honor individuals who have used creativity to support recovery, including fine art, music, writing, spoken word, performance, adventure, spirituality or other innovative pursuits.

To us, “Creative Recovery” means using one’s innate creativity to enhance the healing process and find joy in recovery.

Each year, the Conversation Inspiration Award honors individuals who have been inspirational leaders in efforts to improve the lives of those impacted by substance use or addiction.

Special Thanks!

Event Planning Committee

Lisa Broida Bailey,
Committee Chair

Judy Hirsh & Maribeth McConnell, Auction Co-Chairs

Jill Adams  •  Sue Crathern
Casey Duffy  •  Katchen Fazzini
Caroline Fenkel  •   Joe Fenkel
Joe Gaudio  • 
Joi Honer
Chris King  •  Bob Lamb
Lisa Mackell  •  Jean McClellan
Katherine Mitchell  •  Cindy Munger
Patty Plousis  •  Kim Porter
Pam Roberts  •  Kara Schwartz
Dawn Tucker  •  Susan Teich
Carol Veneziale

Be a Part of the Conversation Leadership

Kim Porter, CFRS
Executive Director

Judy Hirsh, JD, CFRS
Director of Community Engagement

Bob Lamb, MPH
Director of Operations & Programs

Pam Roberts
Parent Partnership Coordinator

Kara Schwartz
Communications Manager

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW
Clinical Advisor

Be a Part of the Conversation Board of Directors

Casey Duffy, President

Jill Adams, SFW
Vice President

Joe Gaudio, CPA
Treasurer
Dawn Tucker, MS
Secretary

Lisa Broida Bailey
Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW
Joe Fenkel

Chris King
Doug Leavitt, Esq.
Lisa Mackell
Dennis Williams

Event Photography

Lisa Schaffer Photography

Event Videography

Valley Creek Productions

📸 View photos from the 2022 Spring Brunch

🎥 Watch a video from the 2020 Online Celebration

📸 View photos from the 2019 Spring Brunch

📸 View photos from the 2017 Fall Brunch

📸 View photos from the 2016 Spring Brunch

Event Venue

The Farmhouse at People’s Light

39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355

Program 🌸 Highlights

11:30 am

guests arrive  •  silent auction  •  socializing and networking  •  light refreshments

12:45 pm

auction closes  •  guests take their seats at tables of 10 in the ballroom  •  brunch is served

performances  •  speakers  •  honorees recognized

2:00 pm

program ends  •  auction items retrieved at exit