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CASPAR Honors the Family of Tiziana C. Dearing & Dr. Stephen J. Seiner with Catalyst for Change Award

On April 9, 2015, CASPAR (Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation) hosted its annual fundraising event, "Strengthening Our Community," which brought together neighbors and business owners from Cambridge and Somerville to celebrate the vital, life-saving work done throughout the two cities by CASPAR's range of addiction and homelessness programs. The event featured a buffet reception, a live auction of unique and desirable items, and inspiring stories of hope—told by individuals who've seen their lives immeasurably enriched by CASPAR's continuum of care, including shelter, prevention, education and residential services.

At the event, Tiziana C. Dearing, her husband, Dr. Stephen J. Seiner, and their children, were honored with the Carl F. Barron Catalyst for Change Award. This award, named for another longtime supporter of CASPAR's work, is presented annually to recognize important individuals who bring positive change to the community. Tiziana and Steve have made helping vulnerable men and women suffering from addiction and its resulting homelessness their mission as a family, and their support of CASPAR has been one way they've worked to further that mission.

Ms. Dearing is an Associate Professor of Global Practice, Chair of Global Practice and Co-Director for the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. Before coming to Boston College, Ms. Dearing served as CEO of the start-up anti-poverty fund Boston Rising. She was the first woman president of Catholic Charities, Boston, and was formerly the executive director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. An accomplished leader who has dedicated herself, throughout her career, to clearing a path for the rising class, Ms. Dearing has assisted CASPAR over the years with her development expertise, actively working to substantially increase the impact and sustainability of CASPAR's development plan.

Her husband, Dr. Seiner, is Director of Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics and Director of Medical Student Education at McLean Hospital. For nearly 20 years, both he and Ms. Dearing have offered active support of homeless and addicted individuals in the Cambridge/Somerville area served by CASPAR.

The April 9 fundraiser raised $93,000 for CASPAR's programs for men, women and children. To learn more about CASPAR and its services, visit www.casparinc.org.