Sunny’s Story

A drug prevention book written by a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose from the viewpoint of the family beagle, Sunny. It's a great learning tool for kids, parents, teachers, and others.

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The Courage to Speak® Foundation.

July 25, 2017
CONTACT: Ginger Katz
PHONE: : (877) 431-3295

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

Steve Ferguson (Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer of First County Bank)
Ginger Katz (CEO/Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation)
Wendy A. Macedo (Assistant Vice President Branch Manager)
Larry Katz (Cofounder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation)

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 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 supporting Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®, a course designed for parents to keep their children safe.

The First County Bank Foundation contributes generously to non-profit organizations that support community and economic development, or support the children and families of Lower Fairfield County. Its giving reflects the dedication and charitable inclination of First County Bank, its Directors, Corporators, Officers and Employees. As a mutual community bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the Foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves. Since its inception in 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants, worth over $8.2 million. The Foundation awarded over 140 grants totaling almost $600,000 in 2016. For more information, visit

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, has presented to hundreds of thousands of people across the country since losing her son to drugs. The Courage to Speak® Foundation, along with experts in the field, has created drug prevention programs for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as for parents.

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is driven to broaden their reach and touch the lives of more families throughout Connecticut and beyond. For more information, please visit, or call 1-877-431-3295.


About The Courage to Speak® Foundation
The Courage to Speak
® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage to Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny’s Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to over a million young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit