The Mayor’s Commission on Addiction and Recovery, in conjunction with DBHIDS, sponsored the 21st annual “Making a Difference” Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The purpose of the event was to publicly acknowledge the tireless efforts of organizations and individuals who work or volunteer to tackle substance use challenges in Philadelphia.
The Mayor’s Commission on Addiction and Recovery is lead by Chairperson James P. Baker Jr., President and CEO of Baker & Company, LLC. Judith Porter, Ph.D., professor emeritus of sociology at Bryn Mawr College, is vice chairperson. Other members of the commission are Jeannine L. Lisitski, Darlene V. Miller, George D. Mosee, Jr., Pascal Scoles, James Shepard, M.D., and Minister Glenn Wilson.
The 2018 honorees were:
Treatment Provider: Akia Feggans (Clinical Program Director, Philadelphia Fight TREE Intensive Outpatient Program)
Community Organization: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Deliverance Ministry
Community Person: Thomas J. Nestel III (Chief, SEPTA Transit Police)
Service Innovation: Curtis Watkins (Chief of Adult Services, Defenders Association of Philadelphia)
Special Recognition: Elvis Rosado (Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Prevention Point Philadelphia)
NBC10 reporter Harry Hairston served as the event emcee and Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney delivered remarks.