Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to Honor Patrick J. Kennedy with James E. Burke Award December 4 | The Kennedy Forum

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to Honor Patrick J. Kennedy with James E. Burke Award December 4
November 30, 2018

New York, N.Y., December 4, 2018 – The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is hosting its annual Winter Wish Gala at the Gotham Hotel in New York City December 4, 2018.

Patrick J. Kennedy, lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, founder of The Kennedy Forum, and former Rhode Island Congressman, will be honored with the James E. Burke Award, named for Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and conferred in recognition of the awardee’s support of the Partnership’s mission to support children and families struggling with substance use.

According to the Partnership’s website, the event will be emceed by journalist Soledad O’Brien. It will bring together more than 300 guests and will raise funds for American families served by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Other honorees, who will receive Corporate Citizenship Awards, include Google, Hearst, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

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Founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), The Kennedy Forum leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. Launched in celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the landmark Community Mental Health Act, the nonprofit aims to achieve health equity by advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the treatment of mental health and addiction. The Kennedy Forum’s “Don’t Deny Me” campaign empowers patients and their loved ones to report illegal insurance denials of mental health and addiction treatment, and fight for their parity rights. To learn more about The Kennedy Forum and donate, please visit