By Ginger Katz, Neighbor |

Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night

The Courage to Speak Foundation’s 24th Year in Mission to Save Lives


The 16th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., at Nathan Hale Middle School, 176 Strawberry Hill Ave, Norwalk, CT (snow date: April 1st). All communities are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, businesses and other community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Courage to Speak® Foundation was founded by Ginger and Larry Katz in 1996 after their son, Ian, died of an accidental heroin and prescription drug overdose. Since then, it has been their mission to do everything in their power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family. This marks the 24th year of fulfilling that mission.

This exciting event will spotlight the outstanding work and words of students who participate in the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s curricula taught by their health teachers. Norwalk’s Mayor, Harry Rilling, Chief of Operations, Frank Costanzo, and Norwalk Deputy Chief, Susan Zecca will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs. Nathan Hale Middle School Principal, Dr. Albert Sackey, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

On display will be the remarkable artwork created by the students as part of the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Program. Highlights of the event include the students’ readings of their drug prevention messages and the Courage to Speak® Presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder of Courage to Speak® Foundation.

Please email Ginger Katz at, or call (203) 831-9700 to learn more about the event and find more information about how to become a sponsor or volunteer