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The Fifth Annual
Beamer Awards Gala
will be held on
Saturday, January 14, 2017


6-9:30 p.m.


JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260



Honoring Jerry Moe at Beamer Gala 2017Honoring Jerry Moe

Jerry Moe is the national director of the Children's Program at the Betty Ford Center, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. An advisory board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), Moe is an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for children and families hurt by addiction.

His latest book is Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child's Eyes. Moe received the 2005 Vernon Johnson Award, and the 2000 Ackerman/Black Award from NACoA for "significantly improving the lives of children of alcoholics in the United States and around the world." In 2013, he received the Mona Mansell Award and the Father Joseph C. Martin Award for Professional Excellence.

Moe's work has been featured on many national news shows, including Today and Nick News, and in publications such as Time, Parents, McCall's Magazine, YM, Parenting, Seventeen and U.S. News and World Report magazines and the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today newspapers.

Blood Sweat  and Tears at Beamer Gala 2017Blood, Sweat & Tears, featuring Bo Bice from American Idol

When Bobby Colomby assembled the first generation of Blood Sweat & Tears in 1967 he—nor anyone else thought that 50 years later BS&T would still be a top touring band. Colomby's vision of a jazz/fusion rock band with horns that was not afraid to take musical chances would change the music scene forever. Some of the greatest musicians in the world have passed through BS&T. The band holds three Grammy Awards (one for album of the year) and ten Grammy nominations. The band's 50 years of touring is a tribute to Colomby's vision of great musicians equal great music. 

Beamer About Beamer

Beamer, the light bulb 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.

2017 Chairs

Madeline Redstone and Sue Timken

2017 Committee

  Susan and Vaden Bales
Bill and Barbara Cirone
Kathy Valentine and Kelly Dougherty
Susan Engeleiter
Jim Ferguson
Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler
Wendy and Bob Goodfriend
Dr. Harry and Nicolette Haroutunian
Jerry  Korum
Marjorie and Steven Kulp
Stephanie Landes
Bobby Libin
Geoff and Chris Mason
Joan Mishek
William Moyers
Jody Parker
Madeline Redstone, Co-Chair
Rob and Donna  Reifschneider
Cini and Ira Robb
Jan Salta
Phyllis and Gary Schahet
Mike and Mary Sue Shannon
Lynae  Steinhagen
Sue and Ambassador Bill Timken,  Co-Chair
Mac Tull
Jane Warner

For more information, please contact:

Jan Hart

Betty Ford Center, Office of Philanthropy
72301 Country Club Dr., Ste. 201
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270