Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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Press Releases 2015 and prior to 2012

October 27, 2015

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Receives Funding from AT&T

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $2,500 grant award from AT&T.  This grant was made possible by the support of State Representative Christopher Perone and Harry Carey, Director of External Affairs of AT&T Connecticut. This grant will aid in the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s mission of “Saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs” by allowing the Foundation to continue to expand its drug prevention programs to schools and communities.

“Organizations like the Courage to Speak Foundation can change lives and position entire communities for brighter futures,” says Harry Carey, Director of External Affairs, AT&T Connecticut. “We commend Ginger and Larry for their outstanding work, and we are proud to support their efforts in any way we can.”


September 25, 2015

Free Parenting Course Designed to Save Lives

A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® developed by experts with the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be offered at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk CT. The first of the three-session course will include a the Courage to Speak Presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.


April 15, 2015 

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces Dates of Drug Awareness Presentations, in Participation for SAMHSA Fourth Annual National Prevention Week 2015.
Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, will be presenting from“Marijuana to Opiates”on May 18 at Briggs High School in Norwalk, CT, and “The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions” on May 19 at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, CT.  The students in both schools have read Ginger’s book, Sunny’s Story in preparation for her visit.


February 16, 2015 

The Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night and Media Event
The 11th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015, 5:45 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date:  March 19).  All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served. Bring your children with you.


November 2014

The Courage to Speak® Presentation
Featuring: Ginger Katz CEO/Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation In Partnership With Cloonan’s PE Team
Friday, November 14, 2014 11:15 a.m @ Cloonan Auditorium, Stamford CT.


July 3, 2014

Running Toward a Healthy Lifestyle
The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 16th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced The 16th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, August 9th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.


April 1, 2014

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces Dates of Drug Awareness Presentations, in Participation for SAMHSA Third Annual National Prevention Week 2014.
Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, will be presenting “From Marijuana to Opiates,” on May 19 at Briggs High School in Norwalk, CT“The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions,” on May 20 at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, CT and “The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions,” on May 21 at Madison Elementary in Bridgeport, CT. Presentations open only to students, faculty and media.


May 9, 2013

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT.  
Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.


February 27, 2013

The Courage to Speak® Foundation. The Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night and Media Event – The 9th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5:15 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date:  March 20).  All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served.

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February 1, 2013

Ginger Katz to Speak at NATIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA

Norwalk, CT – Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder is headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 23rdAnnual National Leadership Forum.

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January 15, 2013

The Courage to Speak® Foundation will conduct a “Train the Trainer” program for new facilitators to teach Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101™. The training will take place on Wed. May 1st, 2013 at 10am at The Courage to Speak Foundation Office, 71 East Ave, Suite M, 2nd Floor, Norwalk, CT or Wed, May 8th, 2013 at 10:30am at Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville, CT. The Foundation will train social workers, teachers, prevention experts, law enforcement and other interested professionals who work with youth and families as facilitators to teach Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101 to parents in their communities, schools, youth and civic organizations and other forums. Launched in 2008, 109 professional facilitators are credentialed by the Courage to Speak® Foundation to teach Courageous Parenting 101® to parents in English and Spanish in communities throughout CT, NY, MA, RI and MI.

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September 28, 2012

Knowledge is Power: Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® -The Lesson That Could Save Your Child’s Life

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school.  What can you do about this?  Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe.

A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®  developed by experts with the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be offered in English and Spanish at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk CT. The first of the three-session course will include a presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

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September 10, 2012 

COURAGE TO SPEAK® FOUNDATION LAUNCHES FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE 

Targeting Substance Abuse and Parent-Child Communication with Knowledge

The Courage to Speak Foundation will dedicate its new Family Resource Center on September 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM in its headquarters at 71 East Avenue, Suite M, 2nd Floor in Norwalk, CT. The new center will provide information on substance abuse and prevention to educate parents, teachers, and children.  Among those attending the dedication are: Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia, Norwalk Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik, Interim School Superintendent Tony Daddona and the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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July 10, 2012

The Courage to Speak Foundation Receives Funding for Drug Prevention Education in Bridgeport
The Courage to Speak Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 Donor Advised Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation for its continued work in the Bridgeport Public Schools. Awarded for the third consecutive year, this significant grant was made possible by a local donor who wishes to remain anonymous and receives philanthropic advisory services from the Foundation. This funding will support the implementation of the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curriculum for Grades 4-7 in Bridgeport Public Schools.


July 10, 2012

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Receives Funding from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant award from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc. This grant will aid in the Foundation’s mission to “Save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs.”


June 25, 2012

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce that the Kraft family selected Luis Solis to receive The Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, which honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. The Foundation received a $2,500 grant award from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation as a result of Mr. Solis being chosen.


May 24, 2012
Running Toward a Healthy Drug-Free Lifestyle
The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT


March 14, 2012
The Courage to Speak® Foundation to Present at National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, FL
The Courage to Speak Foundation has been invited to speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder, will be delivering a message of hope through the Courage to Speak Presentation to all attendees at the event. The Foundation will have a booth during the Summit from April 10th to April 12th.


February 16, 2012

The Courage to Speak® Foundation. The Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night and Media Event The 8th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:15 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date: March 21). All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served.

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