Beamer, the lightbulb boy, faces many challenges due to addiction in his family. In a series of four books, each containing three chapters, Beamer's struggles and feelings open up rich discussions on the very sensitive topic of addiction. Children readily identify with Beamer as they begin to realize they are not alone and addiction is not their fault.
Used effectively by counselors, teachers, prevention specialists, and other caring adults, Beamer teaches children various ways to cope positively with family addiction by finding safe people who can help.
This event is the Betty Ford Center's way of honoring and thanking the generous friends and donors who have given life to Beamer and the Children's Program. The Children's Program is focused on providing prevention and education services to as many children and families as possible. This distinctive award was created to promote and raise funds to help underwrite this program.