This past October the Ackerman Institute for the Family held its annual “Moving Families Forward Gala.” The event’s guest list included some high-profile names such as Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Tamsen Fadal, Javier Gomez, and Camilla Barungi. PressRoomVIP was invited to showcase an evening that celebrated the modern-day family.
Colin Farrell was one of three honored at the evening’s gala. Farrell has worked with and been a face for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST). Angelman Syndrom is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that his son James has been diagnosed. The Ackerman Institute for the Family wanted to recognize Colin Farrell for his achievements in gaining exposure for the disorder and being an advocate for families with children that have disabilities.
Colin Farrell graciously accepted the “Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award” and told PressRoomVIP that, “Ackerman is really at the forefront of supporting families, and sharing information with families. Basically helping them cope. So that they can be parents, so that they can be empowered by a certain degree of certainty.”
Natalie Morales, the Emcee of the gala, has worked with the institute for three years. She expressed much passion for an organization that works to keep families together during critical, hard times. Morales continued to explain what challenges families today are facing. Natalie Morales told PressRoomVIP, “You just have to look two blocks over generally and you’ll see kids are not eating properly. They’re not having breakfast, lunch, and dinner like most kids are. I think giving kids the solid foundation is probably the biggest problem.”
Javier Gomez, internationally noted fine art photographer, had a different take on what the biggest challenge families face today. Gomez told PressRoomVIP, “It’s hard as we grow old, to keep the family together. And for me something very important are grandparents, I see how we separate them at the end of their life, it should be actually the opposite. They gave us everything when we were young. So that is actually the challenge, to keep the family together.”
The evenings other honorees were Jeannie Ackerman Cuhran and Chris Spano. Jeannie Ackerman Cuhran received the “Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.” And Christopher J. Spano received the “Ackerman Partner Award.” Both were elated for the recognition and humbly accepted their awards. Co-chairing the event was Martha Fling and Alice K. Netter. Both chairs along with Lois Braverman, President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, presided over the wonderful night. Between the silent auction and live auction Ackerman was able to secure additional support for their precious work.
Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is a leading organization for family therapy. Ackerman has highly regarded training facilities for family therapists and serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.
This past October the Ackerman Institute for the Family held its annual “Moving Families Forward Gala.” The event’s guest list included some high-profile names such as, Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, and Javier Gomez. PressRoomVIP was invited to showcase an evening that celebrated the modern-day family.