Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, Mackenzie Phillips & Phyllis Gauger

Recovery Community Unites for CARP

Actor Mackenzie Phillips and State Attorney Dave Aronberg Raise Awareness of CARP's Mission

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – February 29, 2020

The Board of Directors of CARP (Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs), Inc. and the CARP Spring Luncheon Committee welcomed more than three hundred guests to its Annual Spring Luncheon at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach Saturday (2-29-20) to celebrate the renewal of CARP. Funds raised totaled more than $404,000.

Bishop Harold Calvin Ray

Bishop Harold Calvin Ray

Following a reception in the Living Room, where new supporters of CARP mingled with current board members, long-term CARP advocates, and guest speaker Mackenzie Phillips, guests moved upstairs to the Royal Poinciana Ballroom at noon for the luncheon and program. Bishop Harold Calvin Ray led a powerful invocation, remembering troops abroad and reminding guests of the power of community spirit.

Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County State Attorney

Highlights of the day included opening remarks by State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who spoke about how leading the Sober Homes Task Force has removed predatory operators from the South Florida addiction treatment industry, and made it stronger and more effective as a result.  Guest Speaker Mackenzie Phillips engaged the room by speaking honestly on her lifelong battle with personal demons, trauma, and near-fatal addiction – and her journey to discover her authentic self. Her message raised awareness of the importance of CARP’s mission.

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Kelly V. Landers, President of the Board of Directors, led an inspired fundraising drive that included nearly $404,000 in pledges and receipts. He was joined by Executive Committee members Carl Nicola, Mike Fagan, and Bishop Ray. Mr. Landers stated that "CARP is returning to its roots, serving alcoholic and drug addicts who are less fortunate, with the initial projects of the men and women's 12-step homes.  We ask all who have supported CARP in the past, and all who wish to do so in the future, to join us!"

Carl Nicola,John Grant,Michele Lutz, Kelly Landers, Bishop Harold Calvin Ray, Michael Fagan

In attendance were Honorary Chairpersons Park Miler and Patty Dean; Chairpersons Chief Deputy Michael and Phyllis Gauger; Honorary Chairperson Dr. William Adkins and his daughter, Christy Adkins Robertson; Bishop Harold Calvin Ray; Keith and Stacy Mandel Palagye; Travis Husk and Janice Palmer of Tiffany & Co.; and, Ainsley Charles of Neiman Marcus.

The Board of Directors of CARP is thankful for support from sponsors including Park Miller and Patty Dean, Bill and Mo Maynor DeMott, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Keith and Stacy Mandel Palagye, and Rocco’s Tacos, as well as support from foundations including the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, J.M. Rubin Foundation, and the Cathleen McFarlane Foundation.


Contributions will support the development and operation of CARP men’s and women’s residences. CARP’s vision includes gender-specific 12 Step Homes for men and women that support supervised, abstinence-based recovery and offer hope to Palm Beach County’s economically vulnerable. CARP’s Women’s Home, Serenity, opened Feb. 1, 2020, and the Men’s Home will follow in June, 2020.