THRIVE Bowl-A-Thon Over $12,000 Raised For Addiction Recovery Center on Long Island
Saturday August 5th 2017 — THRIVE, Long Island’s first recovery community and outreach center, hosted its first annual Bowl-A-Thon at Farmingdale Lanes. 104 people and 17 lane sponsors participated and raised over $12,000 to further THRIVE’s mission to help individuals and families find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery through peer-based support, navigation assistance and referral services; provide interactive educational programs that promote wellness, economic prosperity and civic engagement; and maintain a safe, welcoming haven for substance-free recreational and social activities. New York State Senator John Brooks was also in attendance, showing his support for the positive impact THRIVE has been creating on Long Island since its doors first opened in March, 2017.
Honoree Kym Laube
Before the bowling began, Kym Laube, Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc. (HUGS), was honored for her contributions spanning more than a quarter of a century on behalf of individuals and families on Long Island who have been impacted by alcoholism and addiction. As a teenager, Kym volunteered at HUGS for several years before working for Suffolk County treatment providers in 1992 after HUGS lost its funding. A decade later, Kym returned to HUGS to revive the vital program. In addition to her work with HUGS, Kym has been president of the National Association of Teen Institutes and the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County, and an active member in the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Professionals, Prevention Committee, NYS Public Policy Task Force and Suffolk County Partners in Prevention, East End Prevention and Awareness Committee and the East End Youth Leadership Committee. Kym is a member of the F.I.S.T. (Families In Support of Treatment) Board, and serves on Governor Cuomo’s New York State Heroin Task Force. Kym said of THRIVE,
“I value the opportunity to work with individuals who continue to find solutions and opportunities for individuals to create a bridge back to life. THRIVE, and its partners, should be applauded for the efforts to provide supportive social and recreational activities for the recovery community and their families.
I was fortunate enough to be given the gift of recovery in 1989 when I was just 20 years old. Although it was a gift, there was very little to do in between meetings and I was looking for a place in the community where I was welcomed and belonged. THRIVE can be that place for folks, and the timing and need could not be any more perfect. Thank you THRIVE for the honor, and most important for the opportunities you create daily!”
Recovery Services on Long Island
THRIVE provides Long Island’s recovery community with a wide range of support services, activities, educational opportunities and resources to continue on a path to success. From open mic nights to yoga, arts & crafts events to a THRIVE softball team, the 5 month old program has welcomed many Long Islanders that consider THRIVE to be their “home away from home”. THRIVE recently held an art show at the center in Hauppauge, NY which allowed artists, many of whom have used services at THRIVE, the opportunity to showcase and sell their art to the community. As we approach overdose awareness day on 8.31.17, THRIVE continues lead the way for those on Long Island in recovery and you can be sure THRIVE will continue to go above and beyond to educate and advocate the Long Islanders about the dangers of substance use and the opioid epidemic on Long Island.
The Bowl-A-Thon was more than a simple bowling tournament! Contests included Backwards Bowling, Opposite Hand Bowling, and Best Dance Moves. Family and Children’s Association’s (FCA) Human Resource department had a strong presence at the event, with FCA’s Michael Carbuccia claiming the win for Best Dance Moves.
A pair of bowlers at the bowl-a-thon showed their skills by each bowling a 248, which led to a sudden death bowl-off. Frame by frame, strike by strike, they competed until one bowler missed a pin. Congrats to the winner!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
THRIVE’s 1st Annual Bowl-A-Thon Lane Sponsors included: A&C Pest Management, Agape AIM Centers, Cerini and Associates, LLP, Ebb Tide Treatment, FCA Leadership Council, F.I.S.T., Lakeview Health, LICADD, LIRA, Marketing Works, NY Coastal, Seafield, Spectrum Designs, The Kenneth Peters Centers, URS Capital Partners, Vibrant Creative, HUGS.
The event was executed by THRIVE staff including Amory Mowrey and Krystle Stoddard, Recovery Coach/Peer Specialists, welcomed guests at registration, Gerald Duggan, Recovery Services Coordinator, handled T-shirt sales (a few dozen sold!), and Fran Monaco, Family Services Coordinator, managed and conducted the raffles.
Ever since THRIVE’s doors opened to the public back in March of this year, the response to this vital center has been lauded by the Long Island community and high ranking officials across New York State, including Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. THRIVE is made possible by a collaboration between Family and Children’s Association (FCA), Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), and Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.).