Alpert JFS is proud to announce that we surpassed the $300,000 fundraising goal set for our 18th Annual “No Excuse for Abuse” Virtual Evening. The event, now in its 18th or “Chai” year, raises money to support our Domestic Abuse and Mental Health services and programs. A sincere “thank you” to to our sponsors and our 2022 Co-Chairs Renee & Rob Gordon, Patti & Tony Lampert, and Barbara & Peter Sidel, as well as the evening’s Emcees Wendy & Geoff Stahl.

The highlight of the virtual event, which was broadcast to viewers internationally last week, was an intimate, sit-down interview between Alpert JFS Clinical Director Dr. Elaine Rotenberg and Actor, Director, and Producer Sean Astin, who is also son of the late legendary film and television actress Patty Duke. Astin shared what it was like growing up with his mother, who struggled with bipolar disorder throughout her life. He shared how he and his family survived her erratic and abusive behavior and how, after her diagnosis and effective treatment, their lives improved.

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Duke became a fierce advocate for mental health treatment and education, and Astin now carries that torch in her memory. Astin’s message during the event focused on removing the shame often associated with seeking help for mental health and domestic abuse issues, which aligned with the theme of the evening—“Breaking the Stigma.”

The 2022 “No Excuse for Abuse” Virtual Evening reached a global audience, including viewers from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and South America.

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