Please join us at our atTAcK addiction 6th Annual "Be a Hero Gala"

When:  Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time:  6:30pm-9:30pm

The Executive Banquet Center 
205 Executive Drive
Newark, DE 19702

Ticket sales are now closed. Thank you

This year we will be celebrating both 2020 and 2021 Gala Award Winners, due to the absence of the 2020 Gala.  Please join us to celebrate both 2020 winner Senator Stephanie Hansen and 2021 winner Dr. Sandra Gibney.

Congratulations Senator Stephanie Hansen 2020 Gala Award Winner

Senator Stephanie Hansen represents the 10th Senate District, which includes portions of Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown and other communities along the western side of Southern New Castle County.

She grew up downstate and graduated from Seaford Senior High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in earth science from the University of New Orleans. Hansen began her professional career as an environmental scientist, and later a hydrologist, at DNREC.

Hansen entered public service as the founder and first president of the Frenchtown Woods Civic Association and then the multi-community Bear Glasgow Council of Civic Organizations. She served as president of New Castle County Council from 1996 to 2001, and, while on council, graduated cum laude from Widener University School of Law. She went on to practice environmental law for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2019 to concentrate on her job as a State Senator since being elected in 2017. 

She quickly distinguished herself as a prolific legislator best known for her work on the opioid epidemic and a host of environmental, energy, and conservation issues. She also formed the 10th Senate District Multicultural Committee to help foster understanding among different cultural communities and the HOA Leaders Forum to provide a forum for information exchange and expertise to homeowner associations.

Senator Hansen currently serves as chair of the Senate Environment & Energy Committee and vice chair of the Transportation Committee. She also serves as a member of the Health & Social Services, Elections & Government Affairs, Rules & Ethics, Executive, and Sunset committees.

She and her husband David live in Middletown. She has five children and stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Congratulations Dr. Sandra Gibney 2021 Gala Award Winner

atTAcK addiction is honored to name Dr. Sandra Gibney their 2021 Medal of Honor Recipient!  It is a privilege to know and work side by side with such a leading force as Dr. Gibney in attacking addiction.

Dr. Sandra Gibney is a true pioneer and hero amongst Delaware’s healthcare professionals. As a long time Emergency Room and Internal Medicine physician with St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Gibney knows and understands firsthand the difficulties and challenges people living with mental illness and substance use disorders face on a daily basis. She no longer waits for people to show up in the Emergency Room seeking help. Instead, she has brought her knowledge, wisdom, and practice to the neighborhoods most in need. Driven by her faith, Dr. Gibney believes she has been called to serve all people. She is dedicated and devoted to caring for people often left unnoticed. Delivering compassionate and essential care to others comes naturally to her. Whether living in shelters, on the streets, in tents, or in their cars, Dr. Gibney treats all people with respect, dignity, empathy and love.

Dr. Gibney has partnered with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and has become not only a friend, but an ally to Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. Together they have cared for and touched the lives of those otherwise ignored. Dr. Gibney is a member of Delaware’s Behavioral Health consortium, chair of the Access and Community Treatment Center. Her work provides lifesaving resources and genuine assistance to those living with substance use disorders. Dr. Gibney has tested more than 10,000 people for Covid, and personally vaccinated over 4,000 people. She has certainly made a positive impact on the lives of those caring for a person suffering from an SUD as well. 

Dr. Gibney has helped organize and has participated in over 100 Outreach Missions to distribute Narcan, food, condoms, clothing, clean needles, and offer rapid HIV/Hepatitis testing for 4 years prior to the pandemic. Since the onset of the Covid Pandemic, she and her team of more than 100 volunteers pivoted to offer Covid testing, vaccinations, masks, sanitizers, while still also distributing Narcan and Food to those in need for the last 19 months. 

Dr. Gibney’s spirit is infectious. It’s the kind of “infection” one does not mind catching! Her core team members are predominantly nurses, doctors with no previous outreach experience, doctors in training (residents), Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Social Workers. Most importantly Addiction Medicine Specialists, Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Peers in Recovery, along with community leaders, councilmen, Pastors and Deacons, connected to the individual communities being served are part of the team as well. Dr. Gibney’s goal “is to get everyone as well, physically and mentally as she can, because that will make them better served to join their communities again.”

What we do with our fundraising dollars

  • Passed the “Kristen L. Jackson & John M. Perkins Jr. Law”,  the Delaware 911 Good Samaritan Law and produced related messaging throughout the state
  • Established coverage for all of Delaware to provide assistance and support
  • Provide assistance to those needing help getting into recovery residences
  • Passed multiple naloxone Laws for increased access to this life saving medication and the impact has been more than 1,500 naloxone kit donations given to the community.
  • Provide one on one support and conduct support group meetings for family members with loved ones in active addiction or who have lost a loved one
  • Created an annual scholarship program to assist those making a difference in the recovery community
  • Conduct and participate in speaking and awareness events in schools, organizations, and communities across the state
  • Conducted youth drug prevention programs, including “The Reality Tour”, reaching hundreds of adolescents and their parents
  • Sponsor events for young people in recovery such as movie nights and special events including sponsoring a softball team as a recreational outlet
  • Provide transitional and recovery residences to provide men and women a stable living environment across Delaware
  • We led the effort in passing the nation’s 1st Opioid Impact Fee Law

Gala Sponsorship Levels

Be a Hero – $350

    • Acknowledgement on attack addiction website and social media
    • Name will appear scrolling during Social Hour as a sponsor
    • 2 seats for the dinner event

Gold – $2500

    • Co-Sponsor one of the awards being presented
    • Name will appear scrolling during Social Hour as a primary sponsor
    • Name will appear in Event program
    • Acknowledgement on attack addiction website and social media
    • Prominent Name recognition on sign within facility
    • 1 ½ tables for dinner event – 15 seats
    • A special gift from atTAcK addiction

Silver- $1000

    • Acknowledgement on attack addiction website and social media
    • Name will appear scrolling during Social Hour as a sponsor
    • Name will appear in Event program
    • 10  seats for the dinner event

Platinum – $4000

    • Co-Sponsor dinner and name will appear on primary communications
    • Co-Sponsor an award being presented
    • Name will appear scrolling during Social Hour as a primary sponsor
    • Name will appear in Event program
    • Acknowledgement on attack addiction website and social media
    • Prominent Name recognition on sign within facility
    • Two tables for dinner event – 20 seats
    • A special gift from atTAcK addiction

Ticket Sales are now closed.  Thank you