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Proactive Messages

Broadcaster Shares his Passion for Educating Families on Substance Abuse

Monday, 03.24.2008 / 4:20 PM CT / News
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Proactive Messages

By Kelly Morris

Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis has always enjoyed being involved in the local community. That tradition continues this April 7 at the Coppell Family YMCA.

Strangis is helping the Coppell Family YMCA unveil the C.A.R.E program at a breakfast at 7 a.m. at its facility. The program, which stands for chemical, awareness, resources and education, works to educate families and children about drugs and alcohol and help families cope with substance abuse problems. The program first merged with the YMCA in Park Cities in April 1995.

As a recovering alcoholic and addict, Strangis said the program is important to him. Strangis also lives in Coppell.   

“As a parent of an 11-year-old daughter, I'm very concerned that we all take proactive approaches to getting families as much information as we can, so we can maybe avert problems or know how to handle them when they come up,” said Strangis, who has also helped promote the C.A.R.E program in Park Cities. “It's important for me to be there to share my experience, strength and hope and represent the Dallas Stars in our community.”     

Gayle Westapher, associate executive director at the Coppell Family YMCA, said she wants the program to be a valuable resource with classes. 

“I'm extremely excited to have this program,” Westapher said. “I think it's very much needed in this community. We're looking for volunteer facilitators who come from a 12-step program or Alcoholics Anonymous to get this program off the ground here in Coppell.” 

Westapher said Strangis will be vital in kick starting the program.

“We're so excited and honored that he's willing to take his time to do this for us,” she said. “We're thrilled he's volunteering his time for this great cause. That's going to be a big draw for us. We really want to generate awareness for the necessity of this program.”

For more information about the April 7th event contact Gayle Westapher at 972-393-5121 (extension 204). For tickets, call Johnette Gowin at 972-393-5121 (extension 201). Tickets are $10 per person.

Please make reservations by March 31. The Coppell Family YMCA is located at 146 Town Center Blvd.


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