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Courage To Speak To Host Family Night Recognizing A Drug-Free Norwalk

Ginger Katz is the CEO and founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation. Photo Credit: File
The 11th annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at West Rocks Middle School, 81 W. Rocks Road in Norwalk. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – The 11th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place at 5:45 p.m. Monday at West Rocks Middle School, 81 W. Rocks Road, Norwalk (snow date March 19).

All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together, to affirm their commitment to keep children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served.

This media event will spotlight the outstanding work and words of students who participate in the Courage to Speak Foundation’s programs/curricula in their schools, taught by the health class teachers. Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling, Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Tony Daddona will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs. State Sen. Bob Duff will serve as master of ceremonies. On display will be the art work created by the students during their drug-prevention classes with their teachers.

Highlights of the event include the students' readings of their drug-prevention messages and the Courage to Speak Presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation, as well as a raffle.

“Bringing students and parents together to talk openly and honestly about the dangers of drugs is the most important goal of Family Night,” stated Katz. “By helping our students become outstanding anti-drug advocates and mentors for their friends and younger siblings, we hope to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol use among young people in Connecticut and across the country. Our sponsors include platinum sponsor Geiger’s Home and Garden, gold sponsors Affinion Group, the Blattman Family, the Bennett Family, Cablevision of CT, Diageo, gWay Marketing Gymnasium, Norwalk Police Department, and Norwalk Pizza & Pasta and silver sponsors Carl Gerard Cooke, Continental Manor Catering, Michael Sebastian of CT Sports Physical Therapy and Wellness, the Doyle Family, First Niagara Bank, Peachwave Frozen Yogurt, Insports, Silvermine Golf Club, Smart Cycles, Stew Leonard’s, Webster Bank and World Wrestling Entertainment.”

For more information about the event, to become a sponsor or to volunteer, visit call (877) 431-3295 or e-mail Katz at

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