“We are thrilled to sponsor the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel for the 2nd year,” says Doug Holte, the President of the Irvine Company Office Properties, Owner of Newport Center. “It is exciting to watch our community come together and support each other as they rappel down our building.”
“We know how devastating the disease of addiction can be for our families in Orange County,” says Dr. Clayton Chau, the Regional Executive Medical Director at the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, SJHH System. “Shatterproof provides unparalleled resources for our patients and we are proud to be a part of this uplifting event to truly end the stigma of addiction.”
The Orange County rappel, the second event in the 2017 national series, offers breathtaking vistas of the palm-tree studded Newport Coastline. Hundreds are expected to rappel, cheered on by crowds of supporters, to raise awareness of today’s opioid epidemic and to change the conversation about addiction. All funds raised through the event go directly to Shatterproof’s programs around addiction: evidence-based resources for families, state and federal advocacy efforts, and a strong community of families offering support.
“Families across the country are coming together to prove that they will not let the disease of addiction shatter their communities,” said Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell. “I am so impressed by the unyielding support Orange County has shown our organization.”
The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Orange County will bring new attention to the opioid epidemic, which kills 30,000 Americans every year. Sponsors include the Irvine Company Office Properties and St. Joseph Hoag Health System. The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel is open to anyone; no previous rappelling experience is needed. For more information or to sign up to rappel, please visit www.rappelorangecounty.org.
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment, and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.
About Gary Mendell
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the stigma of addiction and the devastation it causes families. Mendell has spent more than 25 years as an entrepreneur. He founded HEI Hotels & Resorts, a multi-billion-dollar company that oversees 70 hotels, and he previously served as President of Starwood Lodging Trust. Losing his son Brian in 2011, after a 10-year struggle with addiction, Mendell made a promise to spare other families from this tragedy.
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