Celebration Evening

A Night of Recovery & Hope with Francine Ward


Mayor Sly James & Licia E. Clifton-James, Event Chairs

About Francine Ward 

The odds were stacked against Francine Ward until she got help. At 14, she was addicted to alcohol and other drugs; today, she enjoys 36 years of continuous recovery. At 18, she dropped out of high school and lived homeless on the streets of NY; today, she has two beautiful homes in California. By 21, she was selling her body to support her drug and alcohol habit; today, she is a successful intellectual property lawyer. At 26, she got hit by a car and was told she'd never walk again; in her forties she ran two marathons. At 28, she was selfish and self-centered; today, much of her time is spent giving back. Her story is one of hard work, resilience courage and a willingness to stay the course.

Celebration Evening 

Every year, First Call hosts the Celebration Evening: A Night of Recovery & Hope, featuring dinner, fundraising activities and a premier speaker. In addition to raising awareness about First Call and the disease of addiction, the event raises money for the services First Call provides to over 20,000 individuals annually, including substance use disorder assessments, outpatient treatment, recovery support, family services, a crisis call center and community prevention education.

Sponsorship Levels

  • $5,000 Guardian Sponsor: Preferred seating for 10
  • $2,500 Champion of Hope Sponsor: Preferred seating for 8
  • $1,000 Celebration Sponsor: Preferred seating for 6
  • $500 Patron: Preferred seating for 2
  • $125 Individual Ticket