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Spencer, B.G. Masonic Lodge honored

Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer was honored this for his efforts to advance the cause of substance abuse recovery.

Spencer was presented with the 2011 Bronze Key Award by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in Richmond on Monday.

Tony Spencer & John Shinholser of McShin

In Spencer’s acceptance speech, he spoke of his father, Frederick Spencer, “who dedicated his life’s work to helping the most people that he could, in the field of public health.”

Spencer told the audience that, when he was born, his father was the Health Director for Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford, and he had later served as Virginia’s State Epidemiologist.

“It makes me very proud in my father’s lifetime to have been involved in opening the Caroline County Recovery Community Center and bringing the hope of recovery to the people of Caroline County, where my father served as Health Director and has had a home for over 40 years.”

The award was presented at a banquet co-hosted by Terry McAuliffe, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, and the McShin Foundation, a leading provider of peer-delivered recovery support services.

The keynote speaker at the banquet was Delegate Bill Janis, a Republican from Henrico County who serves in Virginia’s House of Delegates as the Majority Whip and the Chairman of the House Sub-Committees on Homeland Security, Judiciary, and Constitutional Amendments.

Past keynote speakers have included Congressmen Eric Cantor (R-Va) and Bobby Scott (D-Va) and the nation’s Deputy Drug Czar, Thomas McLellan.

Delegate Janis was introduced by Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade, the 2005 recipient of the NCADD’s Bronze Key Award for the State of Virginia.

In their speeches at the banquet, Delegate Janis, McAuliffe, Sheriff Wade and  Spencer all emphasized that substance abuse recovery is a non-partisan issue.

They also all recognized the McShin Foundation for its work as one of the country’s leading providers of substance abuse recovery services.

The 2011 Bronze Key Award was presented to “Anthony ‘Tony’ Spencer and the Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for outstanding leadership and implementation of peer-delivered recovery support services to the citizens of Caroline County.

In addition to Wade, past recipients of the Bronze Key Award for Virginia include James C. May, the director of substance abuse services for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority; the Rev. Mike Poole of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church; the Honorable Catherine C. Hammond and the Honorable Gary A. Hicks, Judges of the Henrico County Drug Court; Sheriff C.T. Woody of Richmond City; and the Rubicon Treatment Center.

Also presented with an award at the banquet was the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 125 of Bowling Green as the Outstanding Civic Organization of the Year for their generous help in opening the Caroline County Recovery Community Center.

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