This year, I had the privilege to be a "Star" to help raise monies for the 2nd Annual, Dine with a Star at the Burg'r Bar, supporting the Fred Lang Foundation. The money raised helps support Suicide Education, Intervention, and Prevention in Charlotte County. The night was just perfect, and many showed up to support such an important cause.
I was proud to help in the endeavor along with: Bill Truex, Bob White, Harvey & Marianne Goldberg, Jeff “Golden Hippo” Collins, Jennifer Beane, Mike Riley, Adeline Seakwood, Rhondy Weston, Alexandria Davis, Janie Duke, and Robert E. Lee.
To see the success of the event in its second year is truly amazing. Our goal is to help it grow and become bigger and better each year.
Here's a little more information about the Fred Lang Foundation, and why we strongly support it.
The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment. Funds from the Foundation are donated to the non-profit 501(c)(3) Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County. Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need.
The Fred Lang Foundation is named for Fred Lang, a former minister and late husband of the late Margo Lang, a retired Charlotte County school psychologist who made it her mission to increase the availability of mental health services to Charlotte County children and adults who can least afford them.
The Fred Lang Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of our community’s leaders from various professional backgrounds who are committed and dedicated to following the Foundation’s mission. They strive to bring “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through fundraising, donations and endowments to provide treatment at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care for Charlotte County’s children, adolescents, adults and families.
Programs Fred Lang Foundation funds:
B.R.A.G. Program– BRAG is a group therapy program designed specifically for children and their parents. This is a nationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program. Brag is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and substance abuse in children, and to improve social skills and school performance. Through participation, parents can strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills while their children learn healthy coping skills.
CAST Program- CAST is geared for teens who may be struggling with depression and anxiety who would benefit from learning life skills in a small group positive peer atmosphere. CAST is a prevention program for teens that provides life-skills guidance utilizing peer and group encouragement. The goal of the CAST program is to assist teens with learning life skills in a positive peer supported setting.
Zero Suicide Program- The Zero Suicide program provides suicide prevention and education throughout Charlotte County.
The Foundation provides funds for a part time therapist at our Children’s Unit at the Crisis Stabilization Unit.
Fred Lang Foundation also funds a Specialized Children’s Trauma Training for child therapists. The dollars spent this year will improve our treatment models for our local children with sexual abuse and other trauma issues.
The Foundation provides funding of a Specialty Summer Camp Program at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. This summer camp will allow 25 children seen at CBHC to attend this specialty summer camp for Expressive Arts and more.