2024 Gratitude Picnic

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"Alina’s Gone Country"

Saturday, June 8th

At 12:00pm

All are welcome!

Admittance is free -
Registration and Tickets are Required for Entry

Prize Wheel, Raffles, Silent Auction, Children's Tent & games all day!

Join us as we open our campus to the community to celebrate sobriety at the annual Gratitude Picnic on June 8th!  We will welcome hundreds of attendees to our campus to hear Sugar Ray Leonard speak and hope you will be here too!

Sponsorships are available!  Your sponsorship can play a vital role in supporting our mission, ensuring that all attendees, including those in our care, experience a day filled with hope, recovery and FUN!  All sponsors receive signage at the event, and a full screen display in our digital Gratitude Journal.

 Another way to support this very special event is by contributing to our digital Gratitude Journal. This journal will be displayed on multiple screens beneath the event tents, showcasing messages of hope and honoring family, friends, or alumni who are celebrating milestones.   We extend a warm invitation to our partners in the treatment industry to showcase their programs in the journal as well. Your contribution to the journal not only enriches our event but also pays tribute to someone who has made a meaningful impact.

Sugar Ray Leonard
Legendary Boxing Icon, Olympic Gold Medalist, Hall of Famer,Bestselling Author,
Philanthropist &
Founder of the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

Legendary sports icon, Olympic champion and Hall of Famer, philanthropist, bestselling author, television personality, ringside analyst and longtime face of Skechers’ popular Relaxed Fit collections, Sugar Ray Leonard has established a legacy that epitomizes boxing and invokes the reverence of a champion. Leonard’s illustrious career outside of the ring merits like admiration, as a vanguard in the cultural movement that has brought the sport of boxing front and center today; Leonard also helms the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation which celebrated it’s 13th anniversary this past May, committed to funding life changing research for pediatric type 1 & type 2 diabetes, and helping children build early healthy habits.

Having learned to box at the young age of 14, Leonard’s celebrated career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic games, he turned professional as a last ditch effort to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred from father’s illness. Blinding speed, tremendous power and palpable charm quickly made Leonard a media favorite, dubbed early on by the late Howard Cosell as the “new Muhammed Ali.”

At the age of 20 (1977), Leonard won his first professional fight, only setting the stage for a collection of the most memorable fights in all of boxing history. He went on to defeat some of the greatest boxers of the modern era, from Wilfred Benetiz to Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, from whom Leonard won the world middleweight title. During his 20-year professional career, Leonard also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions— the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.

In 2011, Leonard published his first autobiography (Viking Books) THE BIG FIGHT: My Life In and Out of the Ring. In the inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend vulnerably confronts his greatest competitor: himself. Sugar Ray Leonard’s raw and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex human who waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction and greed, that lay behind the champion.

Leonard’s charismatic personality and expert ring knowledge led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, FOX, HBO and ESPN, also featured as the international One Gateway Center, Suite 751 | Newton, MA 02458 | Phone: 617.614.1600 | Fax: 617.965.6610 | apbspeakers.com commentator for the record-breaking Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. Other television credits include three consecutive seasons as host and mentor in the Emmy-nominated “The Contender,” and a fan-favorite contestant on ABC’s still reigning competition series, “Dancing with the Stars.” Previously, Leonard also joined the DAZN broadcast team, the live and ondemand sports streaming platform, providing ringside analysis for Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Boxing.

On the silver screen, Leonard appeared in the critically-acclaimed Paramount Pictures film The Fighter, also expertly consulting for DreamWorks and Walt Disney Pictures’ on Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel.

Perhaps most importantly, some of Leonard’s most impactful work is yet to be done. With a deep calling towards and passion for humanity, Leonard has always been devoted to his community and to helping those in need. In establishing The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation in 2009, Leonard and his wife, Bernadette took changing the world into their own capable hands. Since its inception 14 years ago, the foundation has funded countless research projects and offered life changing patient care for children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the foundation is also committed to helping children lead healthier lives through diet and exercise, equipping them with the tools to be successful in health later on. Leonard raises money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and other children's charities through his annual "Big Fighters, Big Cause" Charity Boxing Night. He sits on the Board of Trustees of CHLA and remains an active member of the Los Angeles philanthropic community.