Busy Time in the Ashley Alumni Services Department!
The spring warm-up is bringing with it a bustle of activity within the Alumni Services Department at Ashley. We are excited to introduce new monthly on-campus meetings and we have breaking news for the 2017 Homecoming Reunion which will be held on September 17, 2017 on campus.
First up, the annual Alumni Golf Outing is set for June 19th at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, MD. Come on out for a fun day of golf and fellowship, and help support the Ashley Scholarship Fund. Foursomes are filling up fast – so sign up today! Click here for information on sponsorship and playing opportunities.
We are also proud to introduce our new, monthly on-campus 12-step support gathering: “Pizza & a Meeting!” to be held the third Saturday of each month beginning at 5:00 PM. The meeting is open to all Ashley alumni and friends and will be held in the Ashley Chapel. Pizza is provided by Hickory Station Pizzeria and this monthly meeting is a delicious way to re-connect with Ashley and the local recovery community. Recovery Enrichment Day (RED) events will continue to be held – on a quarterly basis – to provide expert content and topical presentations. Stay tuned for more updates on RED.
BREAKING NEWS: We could not be more excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Ashley Homecoming on Sunday, September 17th. Screen actor Danny Trejo will visit the Ashley campus and speak to the Homecoming attendees about his career, his struggles with addiction, and his 49-year recovery journey. Start making your plans now to attend this fun, family-friendly event!
Ashley’s New Alumni Mobile App to Launch!
The Alumni Services team is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our new mobile app, Chalk Talk – a recovery-based, private (for Ashley grads only), social media platform that helps connect and engage Ashley Alumni! This will be a sober safe-place where alumni can come together to find support, encouragement, Ashley event information, and – most importantly – a sense of belonging. Watch your inbox for an email with the launch date and instructions for registering and downloading the app.
Spring unofficially arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday, May 17th, with the annual Mae Abraham Legacy Luncheon held at the beautiful Baltimore Four Seasons Hotel. More than 200 guests assembled to honor Rebecca J. Flood, CEO of New Directions for Women, a renowned drug and alcohol treatment center for women located in Costa Mesa, CA. Becky was presented the Mae Abraham Legacy Award for her decades of service, providing care and specialized treatment for countless women and helping them find their path to healing!
Ashley co-founder, Mae Abraham delivered an inspirational address ahead of a delicious lunch menu. The afternoon program was highlighted by the announcement of a campaign to develop the new Women’s Solarium at Ashley – a dedicated space where women can convene, relax, and explore an array of activities which support their recovery. Click here for more information about the new Women’s Solarium.
Ashley Executive Chairman, David Nassef, remarked, “I was struck by the generational range of the speakers,” he said. “We began with Mae, telling her story at nearly 90 years of age, then heard Becky’s inspirational story, and finished with the new Women’s Solarium designer, Emma, who is in her 30’s. They had different presentations, used different languages, but each had the same message – ‘Recovery is Real!’”
Many of the attendees at the event had similar thoughts about the day. “My table was just in awe of the recovery and sense of hope that filled the room,” said Debbi M., who has attended the Luncheon for a number of years. “They were really touched by Mae – what an amazing power of example! It was just a wonderful day of recovery, love, and connection. I was floating when I left!”
Ashley is very proud to have established a network of passionate and committed volunteers that we refer to as Leadership Councils. These are comprised of dedicated community leaders, professionals, and other individuals, many of whom are grateful former patients or otherwise have a personal connection to Ashley. These volunteers advise and assist the organization in achieving its mission; focused either on a particular geographic region or a specific Council mission.
Current Councils include a Military Leadership Council and the regional groups of Washington DC, Baltimore, Greater New York City, and Greater Philadelphia. Each Council operates independently of the others and establishes its own vision, mission, and charter by which they operate. A Leadership Council for Young Adults has just been established and plans for additional Councils are being explored.
For more information, or to learn about opportunities to join one of our Leadership Councils, contact us at email@example.com.
Highlighting our annual Homecoming in September will be a random drawing to win a brand new, 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4 x 4!
This sleek, award-winning SUV comes with 20” custom rims, a 6-speed manual transmission, removable hardtop, and a 3” lift package!
Raffle tickets are just $100 per ticket – all proceeds to benefit the Ashley Scholarship Fund. The drawing will be held at Ashley on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the annual Homecoming. Winner need not be present to win. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.