Philadelphia Flyers’ Paul Holmgren & MLB Allstar Darryl Strawberry Share Stories of Addiction & Recovery at Maryville Recovery for Life Gala


Pictured left to right: Bob Kelly, Jim Watson, Todd Fedoruk, Bernie Parent, Darryl Strawberry, Paul Holmgren, Bill Barber, Brian Propp, and Brad Marsh (photo provided).

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Maryville Addiction Treatment Center held its annual Recovery for Life Gala, where they celebrated its 70th anniversary, honored Philadelphia Flyers’ Paul Holmgren and welcomed MLB all-star Darryl Strawberry as guest speaker.

More than 300 guests enjoyed an evening of live music and dancing, dinner, a silent auction and engaging speeches.

Maryville presented Paul Holmgren, Senior Advisor and long-time player for the Philadelphia Flyers, with the Advocacy in Action Award. This award recognizes individuals who actively work to help those who battle addiction and/or to assist those who are in recovery whether publicly or privately. Holmgren, who has spent 40 years with the Flyers, is an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sponsor, addiction recovery advocate and role model to his peers and players. This year marks Paul’s 25th year in recovery.

Paul Holmgren

Darryl Strawberry, eight-time MLB All-Star and four-time World Series champion, served as the guest speaker for the evening. With more than 15 years in recovery, today Strawberry is an ordained minister, motivational speaker, and author. He and his wife, Tracy, operate a ministry focused on helping people achieve recovery from addiction.

During the gala, Maryville celebrated and recognized 70 years of service to the community. Kendria McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer of Maryville remarked, “Maryville’s growth and unwavering focus on quality and outcomes is the result of an outstanding staff and board, and relationships with other pillar organizations. The support we receive through partnerships, volunteer work, and financial contributions are part of the bricks and mortar that bind us.  Together we will build communities strong enough to truly support long term recovery.”

About Maryville Addiction Treatment Center:

Celebrating its 70th year of operation, Maryville, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization providing high-quality, low cost addiction treatment, education and support services to nearly 4,500 adults and families each year. Maryville operates residential facilities in Williamstown and Pemberton, comprised of 130 beds and offering detoxification and treatment services for adults with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Outpatient treatment facilities are located in Turnersville, Vineland and Northfield.

Specialized services such as Medication Assisted Treatment, trauma, mental health, veteran, family, and relapse prevention are provided by licensed and certified staff. Maryville is licensed by the state of New Jersey, accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

For more information on services, please call 855-823-3428 or visit


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