Resource Training Center celebrates 20th anniversary

The Resource Training Center (RTC) celebrated its 20th anniversary last month, with a first-ever fundraising event for the entire organization.

The RTC is a not-for-profit alcohol and substance abuse treatment organization with locations in Bay Ridge, Midtown and Richmond Hill, and its headquarters in Sunset Park. The center was founded by Donna Mae DePola, who remains its CEO and president.

Hosted at the Bay Ridge Manor, the anniversary celebration dinner welcomed approximately 200 people, some of whom were graduates of the program, with special guest speakers including Councilmember Vincent Gentile, State Senator Marty Golden, a representative from the Office of Congressmember Michael Grimm, and Dr. Manny Alvarez, who is the senior managing editor for Fox News Channel’s Health News.

According to DePola, the fundraiser was a huge success. “Dr. Alvarez spoke at our dinner and donated $10,000 on the spot,” she said. “We had helped his friend in the past and he never forgot that.

“The fundraiser was very much filled of energy and happiness for the community and my staff, and it was very upbeat,” DePola added. “The people there were very excited and appreciative of life in general. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was also honored at the celebration for his continuous support of the RTC and the work it does with the community.”

“We offer support services to individuals who may experience difficulty gaining employment due to their history of alcohol and drug use, incarceration related to addictions, or complications related to addictive disorders within the family,” reads the center’s mission statement.

BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Arthur de Gaeta
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Arthur de Gaeta

The Resource Training Center will have its next fundraising event on March 31, 2015. The night of fun will feature three comedians and a writer from David Letterman.

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