REVAMPED - 17th Annual
Builders of Hope Breakfast Comes
to the BIG Screen!
North Haven Fairgrounds,
North Haven, CT
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:00PM to 8:30PM
featuring NIC SHEFF
Author, Recovering Addict & Subject of the movie Beautiful Boy
"Life-Changing Speaker", Author, Recovering Addict and Subject of the Major Motion Picture Beautiful Boy
Nic Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring struggle with substance
abuse disorder is the story of Beautiful Boy, a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet as Nic and Steve Carell as his father, David. Sharing an unglamorized, authentic and
heart-touching story of substance abuse and recovery that is deeply rooted in mental illness, Nic has been
recognized as “a life-changing speaker.” His deeply engaging talks put a compelling human face on our nation’s substance abuse epidemic, encouraging those who struggle to embrace help and bringing hope to all who are touched by it.
(Pictured above: Nic Sheff (left) with his dad David Sheff)
Sober since 2011, Nic continues to write and travel the country speaking about substance abuse, mental health, bipolar disorder and recovery. His talks cover areas ranging from prevention and talking effectively to teens to using prayer and meditation to quiet the unquiet mind. Nic is also the author of four books on these subjects: High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction, and Schizo, his critically acclaimed novel about a teen’s downward spiral into mental illness. Nic drew upon his own history of self-harm and attempted suicide as a writer for Netflix’s controversial series, 13 Reasons Why and upon his experiences in rehab as a writer for ABC Family/Freeform’s series Recovery Road. Nic was also a writer on AMC's crime drama The Killing and has written several features and developed TV series with Warner Brothers, USA, Amazon, and Paramount Television. He has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and on CNN with Sanjay Gupta and ABC with Diane Sawyer.
A passionate voice and inspiring speaker, Nic hopes that the intense notoriety and media attention being paid to the film version of Beautiful Boy will elevate awareness, create more empathy for those who struggle with substance abuse disorder, and inspire more to recognize danger signs and get help. A self-identified “bipolar addict”, he also seeks to raise awareness of dual diagnosis and the frequent interconnection between substance abuse and types of frequently untreated mental illness.
Due to the continued uncertainties of COVID-19, Clifford Beers has decided to revamp this year's Builders of Hope Breakfast in order to keep our sponsors, attendees and staff healthy and safe. We are working to create a Drive-in Movie event so we can still bring everyone together, but safely. The event will shift to the evening and will allow us to still host the same great event . . . on the BIG screen. All attendees will be able to enjoy the event from the comfort of their cars or a socially distanced parking lot picnic while hearing from Nic Sheff, virtually. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
. . . is to provide integrated services addressing mental, physical,
and social determinants in order to improve health, resiliency, and quality of life of children, families, and communities.
With a passion for those we serve, Clifford Beers has a respected century-plus tradition of bringing leading-edge mental health solutions to children and families.
Today Clifford Beers continues to lead the field as it develops and implements community based systems of care. Clifford Beers takes a wide-angle view of the child and family. It is this view that sets us apart.
Our work is grounded in the known linkage among chronic medical conditions, mental health issues and social determinants of health. Recent evidence shows that any care approach that does not take into account this dynamic can significantly inhibit the efficacy of any single treatment plan -- negatively impacting overall health and wellness.
At Clifford Beers, we always look at the whole family's physical, mental and environmental stressors to better coordinate unified programs of care where medical, mental health and social work providers join forces to help families move forward.
Total Numbers Served in 2019
Why Choose the
Builders of Hope Breakfast
Children, Families, Communities - Moving Forward
Associate your business with the 17th Annual Builders of Hope event, which has been convening members of the community for 17 years. Through this event we create a network of champions of like-minded individuals who want to bring attention to community based systems of care that take a “whole-istic” view of the child and family.
This year’s event will focus on the growing epidemic of substance abuse and the overwhelming need for services within the state and around the country. Clifford Beers’ mission is to improve the health of children, adults and families by providing trauma-informed, integrated mental and physical health care and services that address the social determinants of health in multiple settings.
Approximately 14% of teenagers 12-18 screened at CB this past year endorsed some type of issue with substance use in the past year. That equates to 1 and 7 teens that we screen.
Why Choose the Builders of Hope Breakfast?
More than 4,000 key community leaders have come together since this event began.
Impact 300+ guests in attendance as well as thousands of individuals exposed to the event’s marketing.
Sponsorship opportunities include online presence, event day signage and other printed materials, email promotions, tickets to the breakfast, and much more.
Past notable speakers have included: Sonia Manzano, “Maria” on Sesame Street, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, received 21st Heinz Award), and Joe Pantoliano (award-winning actor and mental health care advocate), and Ron Suskind (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism)
Join with other community leaders such as Southern Connecticut State University, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and many more, who are all helping to strengthen families and build healthy communities.
Take a look at the exciting packages on the Sponsorship Opportunities sheet to find one that fits your budget and marketing goals. We are happy to work with you to create a package that is tailored to your specific needs. Early support offers the greatest exposure!
The corporate sponsors provide valuable support and allow 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Clifford Beers’ substance abuse services in clinic and in the community.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to collaborating with you for our 17th Annual Builders of Hope Breakfast!
To All Our Supporters
Community Advocate Sponsors:
Community Change Agent Sponsors:
Anne and Jeffrey Godsey
& William S. Colwell
Community Ally Sponsors
Cartier and Bower, Law Offices of
Albertus Magnus College
Alice Forrester, PhD
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
The Inglese Family
Southern CT State University - College of Education & School of Health and Human Services
Community Partner Sponsors:
The Bulmer Family
Community Health Foundation
Community Helth Network CT Foundation
Lifetime Care at Home
Onofrio's Total Construction
Network Electric & Security, LLC
Saint Martin de Porres
Science Park Development Corp.
Barbara and Peter Strauss
University of New Haven - Tow Youth Justice Institute
Wiley, Etter and Doyon
Rita Berkson & Stephanie Farber
Barbara Chesler & Karen Dahl
Glen & Ricci Cummings
Billie & David Ladd
Registration & Event Details
Builders of Hope Comes to the BIG Screen
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
North Haven Fairgrounds
North Haven, CT
(Exit 12, I-91)
Individual - $60
Teens (13-19) - $30
Patron (Adult) - $110
Patron (Teen) - $75
What You Need to Know:
Each car will receive a "Party in a Box" based on the number of people registered in your car when entering the gates of the fairgrounds that will include food, drink and other give-a-ways.
Cars will be parked socially distanced for your health and safety.
"Parking lot picnics" are allowed outside of your car, but you must remain by your car with the guests in your car.
Masks will need to be worn when moving around the fairgrounds and social distancing rules will need to be followed.
Port-o-potties will be available for use will be equipped with hand sanitizer.
To educate our teens on the effects of substance use, we are offering a teen ticket, at a reduced price. All teens must be accompanied by a parent.