Elizabeth Vargas’ candid talk in Boca on anxiety and addiction

A scared little girl made it to the top in the network news business. But nobody knew Elizabeth Vargas had turned to wine to get through the day.

“It took two years to make my sobriety stick,” Vargas said in a candid talk to help raise money for JFS’ counseling and mental health services here.

Vargas made headlines when “I was forced to admit to the world” while in rehab she was addicted to alcohol. She spoke at the JFS Reflections of Hope luncheon in Boca West Country Club Thursday.

Initially embarrassed, she realized she could help end the stigma. So she and broadcaster Diane Sawyer made a documentary. And Vargas said she still gets reach-outs from people inspired by her 2016 book, “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction.”

The luncheon raises funds for Jewish Family Services’ Counseling & Mental Health Services. Among them are Welcome Home, mental health first aid, counseling and support groups.

“Today’s luncheon is to help break the stigma of mental illness,” said Danielle Hartman, JFS president and CEO. “Mental illness can be a lifelong struggle.”

She urged the audience to stay involved by “keep talking about it and get educated.”

“My family has been involved for 20 years,” said grand benefactor Robin Rubin, who conducted the event’s first text fundraiser. “I went into social work to make a difference in my corner of the world.”

WPTV meteorologist Glenn Glazer had his heart in reprising this emcee role. His late grandfather Joseph Sitrick was a major donor and on the Jewish Federation board, he said.

By Marci Shatzman

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

-Advertisement-
-Advertisement-

Trending Now

Town Center announces new stores

Photos by Simon Town Center at Boca Raton just announced six new stores open now and five coming soon at the mall on Glades and...

Chick-fil-A opens in Uptown Boca

Chick-fil-A has opened in Uptown Boca, west Boca’s new retail and residential complex. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed...

New public golf course deal leaves Boca Teeca site out…What happens now?

In a surprise move, the city just accepted Boca Country Club as the new 18-hole public golf course. That made the planned and designed...

1st peek at new hotel downtown

  An eight-story hotel with Mizneresque touches, retail and restaurants. A much-needed parking garage open to the public downtown. Shaded pedestrian walkways. This is the...

Old golf course cleanup for Boca Teeca

Fence off access by ATVs. Install lighting for walkers. Get rid of dead vegetation and dying trees. Boca Teeca residents can look forward to...
-Advertisement-

Related Articles

Virtual 5K for kids named for Rick Case

  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County announced the 24th annual “Run for Rick” Dunn’s Run, an online, virtual 5-mile & 5k walk-run...

A gift from the heart for homeless

A buffet line and chairs for folks enjoying the meal sat on the parking lot at First United Methodist Church Gathering Place. Changing Lives...

See which Impact 100 semi-finalists made the cut

Drum roll please. Impact 100 Palm Beach announced their highly awaited semi-finalists for the 2021 $100,00 grants. The Boca-based, all-women philanthropy received 84 grant...
ADVERTISE WITH US