(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, FL (September 6, 2023)-- Hanley Foundation, Florida’s largest provider of grant-funded prevention programs and recovery scholarships to combat addiction, officially launched the ‘Cory Bartle Memorial Fund’ on Saturday, August 26, with a skateboard and BBQ event at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. The ‘Bartle BBQ Hang’ was a huge success, drawing over 150 attendees who collectively raised more than $40,000 dollars, all of which went towards the “Cory Bartle Memorial Fund.’
The ‘Bartle BBQ Hang’ was conceived by the Bartle family, their close friends, and SandyJames Catering, in honor of Cory Bartle, a 34-year-old skateboarding enthusiast and rising culinary star, who lost his battle with addiction in October 2022.
“This was an opportunity for our friends in the skateboarding and culinary communities to come out and ‘get on board’ to support this critical cause,” said James Bartle, Co-Founder and Proprietor of SandyJames Catering. “It’s heartbreaking that too many young people in our community fall victim to addiction, but we want anyone suffering to know that help is available, which is why we partnered with Hanley Foundation.”
Admission included a delicious BBQ feast catered and donated by SandyJames Catering, activities, community comradery, a children’s skateboard half pipe competition underwritten by Seabreeze Building and Leeds Custom Design with prizes and an impressive demonstration by skateboard pro, Kai Canubida. Pro skateboarder Mike Rogers emceed the skateboard demonstration and competition. Attendees were also able to purchase tickets for an exciting raffle with several prizes for both adults and children.
“We are humbled by the Bartle family’s strength in their time of grief and their willingness to turn their pain into helping others experience recovery. I’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our lifesaving mission,” Rachel Docekal, CEO of Hanley Foundation said.
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