Najee and Friends: Serenade to Sobriety Benefit Concert

On Sept. 21, The PILLARS and GUIDEPOSTS Host an Evening of Jazz to Support Addiction Prevention and Recovery

The PILLARS, Manhattan's first recovery center providing FREE holistic approaches to recovery for individuals and their family members, is partnering with GUIDEPOSTS, maker of the R2Q-ResolvetoQuit mobile app providing addiction aftercare support, to host their first annual fundraiser in the fight against substance misuse. 

In the past two years, The PILLARS has provided services to over 10,000 participants in the greater Harlem community. The PILLARS offers Domestic Violence Prevention, Batterer's Accountability classes, and provides Parenting Skills Enhancement Classes. The PILLARS holistic approach includes yoga, meditation, acupressure/acupuncture, tai-chi, afro-fusion dance and bereavement support groups

To improve job readiness, The PILLARS trains individuals to receive OSHA certifications and Peer Recovery Coach Training. The PILLARS also provides linkages to other resources including insurance, housing, transportation, and financial/benefits assistance.

GUIDEPOSTS has served the addiction/recovery community for over 70 years. Their new mobile app R2Q offers a turnkey aftercare service that provides people in recovery with expert resources from mission-aligned treatment partners, virtual coaching sessions and daily check-ins to help maintain success and create accountability.

The benefit concert will feature Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum jazz saxophonist Najee and friends, including Sherrod Barnes and Peter Collins. The concert will be held on Sept. 21, 2019, at SymphonySpace in New York.

The benefit concert will pay tribute to Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services; Dr. Mary Marron-Corwin, Chief of Pediatrics & Neonatology, Harlem Hospital; Athena Moore, Director, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Uptown Office; Dr. Carrie Wilkens, founder, Center for Motivation & Change; and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Salamone, founders of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard/parents of Justin, who died from an overdose, for all the work they have done in addiction misuse and prevention.

Tickets can be purchased at

If individuals are unable to attend the event and would still like to support this worthwhile cause, donations can be made directly at

For more information about The PILLARS and this event, please call Felecia Pullen at 212-222-3470 or email at


The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has funded a Recovery Community and Outreach Center in each of the five boroughs. The PILLARS is Manhattan's Center. Although located in the heart of Harlem, they serve individuals and families across the entire island of Manhattan. From Battery Park to Washington Heights, they welcome all who are in recovery and others loving someone in active addiction.

Source: The PILLARS


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