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October 20, 2006
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet 973-463-9600, ext. 303

Community Hope to Honor AstraZeneca CEO Tony Zook and
Morris County Freeholder John J. Murphy
at October 30th Gala

Marks 10th Sparkle of Hope Charity Event to Aid Individuals in Recovery from Mental Illness

Community Hope will honor Tony Zook, President and Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca North America, and Morris County Freeholder John J. Murphy at its tenth Sparkle of Hope Annual Dinner Auction on Monday, October 30, 2006. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Parsippany.

This marks the tenth anniversary of the Sparkle of Hope charity event to benefit Community Hope’s residential programs for adolescents and adults in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse, including their nationally-recognized Hope for Veterans Program for homeless veterans in recovery.

Leading this year’s benefit as Gala Chairs are Alex Gorsky, Head of Pharma, North America and CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Fred Hassan, Chairman and CEO of the Schering-Plough Corporation, who founded the charity event in 1997; David Norton, Company Group Chairman of Worldwide Commercial and Operations for Johnson & Johnson; Doug Rogers, President of Wyeth Consumer Healthcare; and Richard Sandler, Esq., Founding Partner of Lowenstein Sandler.

Tony Zook and AstraZeneca are being recognized for advancing the treatment of mental illness through such pharmaceutical breakthroughs as Seroquel for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. AstraZeneca is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Zook directs AstraZeneca’s largest market, the United States, with more than 12,000 employees nationwide.

Freeholder John Murphy is being recognized for his leadership in the County’s commitment to serving disabled residents. During his tenure as Freeholder Director, Murphy led Morris County’s acquisition of property at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital from the State of New Jersey for one dollar. The 300 acres included several abandoned homes which are adjacent to Community Hope’s CHAMP Residential and Day Treatment Program. The County leased these properties to Community Hope and its partner agency, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, and awarded a $245,000 Federal HOME Grant for the project renovations. As a result, the CHAMP residential program expanded from serving ten to twenty-five individuals in recovery from mental illness as they transition out of the psychiatric hospital, some after many years of being institutionalized.

Carmela Lunt, Founder and President of Community Hope, reported that “growing support for the Sparkle of Hope charity event has enabled Community Hope to serve nearly four times as many individuals within our residential programs and to help them achieve a successful recovery.” She explained that Community Hope today serves 200 individuals with residential programs under development to serve 300 individuals in recovery by 2007.

Lunt reported that the gala activities include a raffle drawing for vacation packages and a silent auction featuring original artwork and autographed sports memorabilia. In addition, guests can participate in a raffle for chances to win nearly fifty other prizes.

Diamond sponsors of the gala include: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; CommonHealth; Covington & Burling LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Edelman Public Relations Worldwide; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; Lowenstein Sandler PC; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Publicis Healthcare Group; Schering-Plough Corporation and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare.

For more information on the Sparkle of Hope charity event and Community Hope, visit www.communityhope-nj.org. or call the Community Hope Development Office at (973) 463-9600, extension 303.




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