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Continental Cookies Owner Stephen Gavosto to be Honored at 16th Annual Courage Awards Gala

 The CarePlus Foundation is proud to announce that Stephen Gavosto, owner of Continental Cookies in Hackensack, NJ and former Board Member of Care Plus NJ, Inc. (CarePlus), is among the honorees for the 16th annual Courage Awards Gala to be held on May 28th, 2014 at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.
 

Stephen Gavosto has a history of community involvement through his time on the Haworth Town Council, as a member of the planning board in Haworth, and his seven years as Cub Master. As a member of White Beeches Golf and Country Club Stephen served as one of the founding co-chairs for the CarePlus Foundation’s annual golf outing, which is one of the Foundation’s most popular events. Also, through Continental Cookies, Stephen sponsored a cookie sale in which he donated a portion of the proceeds to the Foundation.

 

“The Foundation is very pleased to be honoring Stephen Gavosto at the 16th Annual Courage Awards,” said Joe Masciandaro, President and CEO of CarePlus. “Through the past 12 years, it has been an honor and a privilege to have Stephen share his insights and business experience on both the Care Plus Foundation and Care Plus, NJ Board,” Masciandaro continued, “and for a much longer period of time I have been very impressed by his compassion, and genuine acceptance of people with mental illness. He is a remarkable person, whom I completely admire and respect."

 

The Courage Awards Gala, now in its 16th year, honors and celebrates individuals, groups, and corporations who work tirelessly on behalf of others facing the daily and life-long challenges that are compounded by mental illness and mental health-related issues. This year’s honorees include the Paramus Stigma Free Zone Task Force, a coalition of concerned citizens, business leaders, local government, and school officials that supports the elimination of stigma in the Paramus community; and Sister Mary Foley and her therapy dog Luke, who together work with individuals and communities struggling from traumatic events as a member of the Bergen County Traumatic Loss Coalition. The night will also include recognition of the Compassionate Care Award presented to a staff member that truly represents the best in the field of mental health care in New Jersey, as well as 23 recipients of the 2014 Bernard Dubnick Scholarship.

 

The Courage Awards Gala includes a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle, and more. The Gala is the Foundation's largest annual fundraiser, attracting attendees from across the state, including representatives and supporters from the Northern New Jersey business community. The Foundation is currently welcoming sponsors and dinner guests. For more information, visit here or call 201-986-5070.

About Care Plus Foundation

The Care Plus Foundation – a supporting arm of Care Plus NJ – was created with a mission to decrease the stigma of mental illness and pave the way to accessibility of care for those looking to seek help. As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible in accordance with Federal and State regulations.

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