Stephen Hill: Speak Sobriety

On December 12th, Stephen Hill presented his powerful “Speak Sobriety” presentation to Schuyler Colfax, George Washington, and Anthony Wayne Middle Schools. Hill told his journey to sobriety to the young, very engaged, middle school students.

Thank you for sharing your story, I am very thankful that we got to have you at our school, you are an inspiration to many people and many more to come thank you so much you have changed my life for the better, thank you so much.
— Middle School Student

This presentation was 100% funded by the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation. Check out more pictures from the presentation on Stephen Hills instagram page. And if you’re interested in helping the Foundation provide more awesome presentations and testimonials like Hill’s donate today to support our cause of educating the youth on drug abuse.

Former NBA Player Shares His Story of Addiction to Westfield

Chris Herren’s presentation is relevant in every community...drug and alcohol use has no boundaries, sees no color and does not discriminate.
— Louise DeDea, Westfield Municipal Alliance Coordinator

Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country ( article)

On September 25, Chris Herren shared his story of addiction at the Westfield High School Auditorium to Westfield community members both young and old. Herren’s presentation: “Rebound: An Evening with NBA Star and Youth Advocate Chris Herren” was funded by Westfield, Cranford and Clark Municipal Alliances, Westfield High School Dream Team, the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation, Westfield Board of Education, Westfield Parent-Teacher Council, WHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, and the Westfield Police Department.

With the funds raised from our first annual Casino Night back in April, the Foundation was able to contribute to bring Herren and his story to the Westfield area. The Foundation continues to strive for our mission to help educate the youth to live healthier lifestyles and presentations like Herren’s are a step in the right direction. Thank you to our supporters who helped make this possible.

Presenting Casino Night Check

On June 19, 2018 AAKF Executive Director, Michele Eskow had the honor of presenting a $5,000 check to the Westfield Dream Team and Westfield High School at the Board of Education meeting. Thank you to the generous donors and participants of our First Annual Casino Night back in April for making the donation possible.

The funds will be used to sponsor motivational speaker, Chris Herren (former Boston Celtics basketball player) to come share his Hoop Dreams presentation September 25 and 26th, with the high school students of Westfield, Rahway, Cranford and Clark. There will also be a night presentation for the community to attend. 


Thank you to all the generous donors who continue to support the mission of the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation. If you wish to help make more drug prevention education possible click here to donate today!

First Annual Casino Night

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation hosted its First Annual Casino Night at The Cranford Social in Cranford, NJ. The event was a great success and we are so grateful for everyone who came out to the event. More than 115 people were in attendance and we raised over $13,000! It was an incredible first annual event, and we look forward to hosting the event every year in April.

A special thank you goes to our generous sponsors and the AAKF grantors who came out. The funds raised are going to sponsor motivational speaker, Chris Herren (former Boston Celtics basketball player) to speak with high school students of Westfield, Rahway, and Clark and Cranford. In September, Herren will talk to audiences about his past drug addictions, and his journey to recovery.



Gold Sponsors

Connect One Bank

Valley National Bank

The Willis and Nancy King Foundation

Silver Sponsor


Bronze SponsorS

Met Space, LLC

Scott and Michelle Hildenbrand

Also a big thank you to our generous community members for donating prizes for our raffle and silent auction:

Andy Greene & The NJ Devils, Angela Blankenship, Bar Method, Beth Caponegro-Rodan + Fields, Blake Scheer & the NY Yankees, Bottle King, Carl and Erin Cetera, Christina Regan, European Wax Center, Frank & Pam Tank-Bellator MMA, Greg and Lindsay Materdomini, Hudson + Bloom Design, In Marketing Group, Julie Ibrahim, Karen Eskow, Blythe and The NY Yankees, Lee Ehudin, Mike and Sophia Shinal, Morgan Toriello, Nails Spa & Beyond, Orange Theory of New Providence, Randy Carrozza, Rich Millwater -Ridge Electric, Sinae Saraceno, Voa Salon & Studio, and Water and Wine. 


Click here to see more pictures from this event.

Drug Prevention Education: Video Presentation "Hidden in Plain Sight"

The Westfield High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) recently hosted “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a presentation that centers on a mock teenager’s bedroom to help parents and caregivers learn how to spot potential signs that their child might be abusing drugs, alcohol and/or other substances.

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Drug Prevention Education: Chatham Schools Report: 152 Seriously Considered Suicide

Chatham Schools Report: 152 Seriously Considered Suicide; Class President: "Students Come to School High Every Day"

"Chatham High has been ranked the No. 1 high school in the state since 2014, according to New Jersey Monthly Magazine's bi-yearly rankings.

While the academics are top-notch, the "Critical Issues in Student Wellness" report given on Monday during the district's open curriculum meeting painted a disturbing picture in relation to the mental health of Chatham students."

- ED BARMAKIAN (TAPinto article)

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The Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation Presents: Casino Night


Join us for a Casino Night benefitting the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation. Purchase single general admission tickets to the event with the button above or consider purchasing a sponsorship package.

Gold Sponsor

$1000 donation: 4 tickets to event, table signage, program and website recognition.

Silver Sponsor

 $500 donation: 2 tickets to event, table signage, program and website recognition.

Bronze Sponsor

$250 donation: 2 tickets to event, program and website recognition.


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