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The Courage to Speak® Foundation.

June 25, 2012
CONTACT: Virginia “Ginger” Katz

PHONE: 1-203- 247-3975

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Volunteer Luis Solis Selected by New England Patriots Charitable Foundation 

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.

Luis Solis is the owner of Norwalk Pizza and Pasta and Don Carmelo’s Mexican Grill.  Mr. Solis received this award after being nominated for his exceptional community service and years of dedicated volunteerism to the Courage to Speak Foundation. He was honored along with the Foundation at the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Luncheon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on June 13.

The Myra Kraft Community MVP Award is named after NE Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s wife Myra who passed away in 2011. Over a 40-year career as an engaged philanthropist and professional volunteer, Myra Kraft committed tens of thousands of hours to improve the lives of children and people in need across the globe. Along with Robert Kraft, she contributed well over $100 million to charitable causes, with the primary focus of improving the lives of children and enhancing their educational opportunities.

Since losing her son, Ian, to drugs in 1996, nationally renowned speaker, 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. 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. is a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk, CT, whose mission is “to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of drug and alcohol use.” Ginger Katz founded the 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 Katz pledged that they would do all they could to help prevent such a tragedy from befalling another family. Since then, Ms. Katz has given nearly 1000 presentations reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals – young people and the adults who care about them. The Courage To Speak Foundation® develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students as well as parents through Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®. Ms. Katz also has authored a new book called Sunny’s Story, a drug prevention book for children of all ages; parents, grandparents, teachers, and others.