Sean Astin to speak at the Alpert Jewish Family Service’s 18th Annual Virtual ‘No Excuse For Abuse’ Party

Virtual party with no excuse for abuse

Sean Astin

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service

Free event focused on removing the stigma of domestic violence and mental illness, and featuring Sean Astin, actor, director and son of actress Patty Duke

Year after year, this event and the guests we feature continue to educate and inspire all who attend.

— Zelda Mason, President and Chair of the Board of Alpert JFS

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, USA, January 31, 2022 / — For the 18th consecutive year, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County (Alpert JFS) will host its No Excuse For Abuse event. Taking place virtually on February 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., the event is free and offers an intimate meeting with actor, director and producer, Sean Astin. This year, the focus is on “Breaking the Stigma”.

Sean is the son of the late great actress Patty Duke, who struggled with bipolar disorder throughout his life. He will tell his story of growing up with a mother who lived for years with an undiagnosed mental illness. He will share how he and his family survived his erratic and abusive behavior and how, after his diagnosis and effective treatment, their lives have improved.

During the event, Alpert JFS will also reflect on the last 18 years of “No Excuse For Abuse”; feature stories of emotional impact on clients highlighting the agency’s domestic violence program; share how the agency is addressing mental health needs in Palm Beach County; and hear from Emily Helfrich, Relationships and Decisions Program Specialist in the Teen Trainer program at Alpert JFS.

WHAT: 18th Annual Alpert Jewish Family Service Abuse No Apology Virtual Party

WHEN: Wednesday February 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual. To register, visit

WHO: Sean Astin is an actor, director and film producer. He is best known for his iconic roles, including Samwise Gamgee in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Mikey Walsh in ‘The Goonies’, the title character in ‘Rudy’ and Bob Newby in Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’. Astin is also the son of legendary actress Patty Duke. He is a strong advocate for mental health education and ending the stigma of mental illness.

Astin will be interviewed by Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, Clinical Director at Alpert JFS.

QUOTE: “The annual ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ fundraising event is now in its 18th year, demonstrating Alpert JFS’ continued commitment to preventing domestic violence and fighting the stigma of the disease. mental health through education and treatment,” said Zelda Mason, President and President. of the board of Alpert JFS. “Year after year, this event and the guests we feature continue to educate and inspire all who attend. We are grateful for the continued support of Alpert JFS essential services, including our domestic violence program, which provides professional counseling to those in need.

DETAILS: The event co-chairs are Renee and Rob Gordon, Patti and Tony Lampert, and Barbara and Peter Sidel. The masters of ceremonies for the event are Wendy & Geoff Stahl. The main sponsor is Zelda Mason. Empower sponsors are Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor and Nancy & Joel Hart. The outreach sponsors are Diann & Thomas Mann and Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC, Solicitors. The main sponsor is Judith and Jack Rosenberg. The Hope sponsors are Marsha & Steve Funk, Renee & Robert Gordon, Sharon & Mitchell Kitroser, Jane & Arnold Lampbert, Patti & Tony Lampert and Barbara & Peter Sidel. Hosts are Rick Baer, ​​Marjorie & Barry Berg, Traci & Keith Braun, Sheila Engelstein, Donna Baumzweig & David Ginsberg, Alan Goldberg, Hope & Gary Hoffman, Jimmy Katz, Judith & Martin Knopf, Marjie & Dr. Sheldon Konigsberg, Barbara Leidner, Vivian Lieberman, Jennifer and Michael Lourie, Karen Levy-Lutner and Dr. Lawrence Lutner, Maxine Marks, Marsh and McLennan, Mutual of America, Robyn and Dale Rands, Shelley and Nathan Rabhan, Hope and Gene Silverman, Wendy and Justin Tulman , and Carolyn and Michael Yasuna, as of 12/30/2021.

Alpert JFS has set a fundraising goal of $300,000 for this event. Sponsorship and other donation opportunities are still available. Please contact 561-713-1886 for more information or to donate.

About Alpert JFS
Founded in 1974, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is a nationally accredited service provider for children, adults, seniors and Holocaust survivors. The non-profit, non-sectarian organization is a trusted leader, with a team of nearly 200 highly trained professionals providing high quality care to community members. Alpert JFS works to ensure the well-being of children and families, the independence of the elderly and the quality of life of people with disabilities. For more information, visit or call 561-684-1991.

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