SOURCE: Shatterproof


September 18, 2015 16:32 ET

Top Government Officials and Hospitality CEOs Join Forces in D.C. to Raise Awareness for Addiction

Members of Congress, Addiction Community and Hotel CEOs, Employees, to Rappel Down Lafayette Tower September 25th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 18, 2015) -


A press conference and event bringing together senior government officials, members of Congress and leaders in the hospitality industry to raise awareness about the devastating consequences of drug addiction. Hosted by Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our loved ones from addiction to illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol, and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. Shatterproof is hosting over 20 of these Shatterproof Challenge rappelling events in 2015 in cities across the United States.

In 2012, Gary Mendell, a former hotel executive, founded Shatterproof, after his son, Brian, lost his battle with addiction at the age of 25.


Speakers include:

  • Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO of Shatterproof
  • Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive officer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
  • Dr. Cecelia Spitznas, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Executive Office of the President
  • Sen. Chris Murphy, CT
  • Rep. Paul Tonko, NY

WHEN: Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Lafayette Tower, 801 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (17th & H)

Note to Media:

Photo-op following press event and individual media availability with Members of Congress and CEOs

In 2012, Gary Mendell, former hotel executive and a member of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, founded Shatterproof to educate, empower and equip families, educators, health care providers, legislators and others to proactively address addiction among children and young adults. Mendell and his team are building a national organization to bridge serious gaps in funding and resources for the disease of addiction. His son, Brian Mendell, lost his battle with addiction at the age of 25 in 2011.

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