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Ken Howard at Retreat's 175th Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by the Brattleboro Retreat

Guests at the Brattleboro Retreat's 175th Birthday Party that celebrates 175 years of mental health and addiction recovery and commemorates September as National Recovery Month, will enjoy a sit-down dinner and dancing to an 18-piece band, along with some inspirational star-power.

Ken Howard, Emmy and Tony Award winning actor, will lend his support and awareness to the benefit that's slated for Saturday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. under a grand tent at the Retreat's campus.

Howard has had a long career spanning Broadway, TV and Film. He will be remembered for his starring role as Coach Reeves in the television series he created, The White Shadow. Most recently he has been nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in Grey Gardens opposite Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore for HBO.

Howard will share his personal story about coping with a family member's struggle with addiction and depression.

"It's all about helping better the lives of those with health issues, whether they are mental or physical," says Howard. "I'm happy to lend my voice to the Retreat's efforts -- mental health is a critical issue that leaves no family or community untouched."

Howard is no stranger to speaking on behalf of health causes and as a recipient of a kidney transplant, he was appointed chancellor of the National Kidney Foundation and works with their efforts to encourage people to donate organs.

"As a fellow Amherst college mate, we're delighted to welcome Ken to our community," says Dr. Robert E Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. "Ken Howard's personal tragedy will serve to honor the many inspirational stories of recovery and the extraordinary efforts to improve mental health care by the hundreds of dedicated staff, volunteers and professionals who work tirelessly to unmask the stigma and ignorance surrounding mental health and addiction."

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