Road Recovery founders Gene Bowen (left) and Jack Bookbinder (right), with Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager at Masque Sound. Photo: Rick Edwards NYC
East Rutherford, NJ (August 20, 2014)—Road Recovery was founded in 1998 by music industry veterans Gene Bowen, a tour manager and recovering addict, and Jack Bookbinder, an artist manager who struggles with Type II diabetes, to help young people battle addiction and other adversities. To help further that mission, theatrical SR company Masque Sound recently made a charitable contribution to the non-profit organization.
Road Recovery aims to empower younger generations to face adversities through a range of music-focused programs and events. As part of that effort, the organization makes use of the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources.
“Currently in its 16th year, Road Recovery, a non-profit organization rooted in the music industry, needs our support more than ever in order to reach the ever-growing numbers of young people and their families who are seeking help,” said Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager at Masque Sound. “We understand how important it is to be able to give back to the community and couldn’t be more proud to give our time and capital to an organization from our industry that needs the support in order to make a difference. We strongly encourage and hope that others in our industry get involved and offer their support to this great organization.”
With assistance from professionals in the mental health field, Road Recovery provides hands-on mentorship training, educational/performance workshops, peer-support networking, and “all access” to real-life opportunities by collaborating with young people to create and present live-concert events and recording projects.
In addition to the support Road Recovery has received from leading companies in the audio and music industries, such as Steve Lillywhite and the late Phil Ramone, Road Recovery has garnered support from several celebrities who have rolled up their sleeves and plugged in, giving so much of themselves to the charity’s kids including Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, John Varvatos, Denis Leary, among others.
“We are extremely thankful to Stephanie Hansen and the team at Masque Sound for their generous donation,” said Gene Bowen. “Masque Sound’s commitment and support, along with that of the many artists and music industry companies we work with, is what allows Road Recovery to continue its mission. I further express our thanks for Masque’s willingness to spread the word, and opportunities concerning Road Recovery, to companies in the music industry and professionals who might be looking to get involved.”
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