Please Join Us at the 2018 Courage Awards Gala 
to Celebrate 40 Years of Leading the Change

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cocktail Reception and Auction: 6:00 pm
Dinner and Awards: 7:00 pm
The Venetian, 546 River Road, Garfield

This year marks 40 years since Joseph Masciandaro began his journey as President and CEO of Mid-Bergen Mental Health Center in 1978, which evolved into CarePlus NJ in 1999 during the merger with Fair Lawn Mental Health Center. Throughout the years, the many programs and services of CarePlus have addressed various needs in the community for adults, children, and families from every walk of life.

The Courage Awards Gala is a celebratory event, during which we honor people in the community who go above and beyond to benefit those facing the life-long challenges of mental illness and substance abuse.

It is our privilege and pleasure to recognize these extraordinary honorees:

Joseph Masciandaro
for his exemplary leadership and service at CarePlus
for the past four decades, setting the standard and raising the bar
for excellence and compassion in behavioral healthcare.

County Executive of Bergen James J. Tedesco III
for his dedication to the community and his commitment
to transforming New Bridge Medical Center into
a national model for integrated healthcare.
Marie-Alice Stout
for courageously facing her own addiction,
and for using that strength to guide others
through the process of recovery.

Proceeds are dispersed over many important channels, including: educational scholarships for those enrolled in CarePlus services, housing and medication assistance, substance abuse services, outpatient treatment and therapy for children and adults, as well as advocacy and community education.

 Together we will continue Leading the Changes to provide the best support and treatment for those that we serve.

Registration includes a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and the opportunity to honor those who serve our community. Attendees are expected from across the state, including local community partners, state representatives and supporters from the Northern New Jersey business community.

For more information on registration and sponsorship, or if you have any questions, please call the Foundation Office at 201-986-5070 or email

Thank you in advance for your support of this important fundraiser.

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