Fred Lang Foundation




Join us for the 13th Annual Summer Ball, A Summer Night on the Serengeti, presented by Fred Lang Foundation to benefit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center will be transformed into a sensational summer night on the endless plains of the Serengeti on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm. Enjoy dinner and dancing and an incredible silent auction all while benefitting Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.

The Summer Ball is an annual signature fundraiser that benefits children, adolescents, and families of Charlotte County who are in urgent need of crisis counseling, mental health counseling and/or substance abuse addiction treatment at CBHC. This event helps fund additional children and family programs and services at CBHC, including group therapy for children and parents, Art & Soul Summer Camps and the yearly suicide prevention programs.

Each year mental health is gaining more attention as an essential key to our community’s quality of life. Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is here to make sure that no one has to face a mental health or substance abuse problems alone. Together we can ensure that everyone living in Charlotte County has the opportunity to receive the support and hope needed to maintain overall mental health and wellness.

This year’s Summer Ball will be held July 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Tickets are $100 each and the event is white formal attire.  Last year’s Summer Ball raised over $43,000, which went directly to provide urgent health care services for our community.

A special thanks to the following for partnering with this year’s 13th Annual Summer Ball: Smugglers Enterprises, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Ambitrans,  Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, Attorneys at Law, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Christina Narr, Panther Hollow Dental Lodge, Monarch Printing, Sun-Herald Newspapers, Dees & Dees CPA’s, Integrity Employee Leasing, Strang, Olsen and Lynch, CPA’s P.A. , SunTrust, Friendly Floors, Lee Memorial Health Systems, Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley, Attorneys at Law, Sylvia Orr and Lydia Gattanell.

If you would like to become a sponsor or buy tickets to the 13th Annual Summer Ball planned for July 23, 2016 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, please contact Jessica Potts, Director of Public Relations at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care at 941-347-6407, or visit

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:




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Individual sponsors:

Christina Narr

Sylvia Orr

Lydia Gattanell



The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Funds from the Foundation are donated to non profit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County.  Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need. The Fred Lang Foundation is named for Fred Lang, a former minister and late husband of Margo Lang, a retired Charlotte County school psychologist who has made it her mission to increase the availability of mental health services to Charlotte County children and adults who can least afford them. The Fred Lang Foundation Board of Directors membership is comprised of our community’s leaders from various professional backgrounds who are committed and dedicated to following the Foundation’s mission.  They strive to bring “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through fundraising, donations and endowments to provide treatment at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care for Charlotte County’s children, adolescents, adults and families. Programs Fred Lang Foundation funds: B.R.A.G. Program BRAG is a group therapy program designed specially for children and their parents. This is a nationally recognized parenting and family strengthening   program. Brag is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and substance abuse in children, and to improve social skills and school  performance.  Through participation, parents can strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective  parenting skills while their children learn healthy coping skills. CAST Program- CAST is geared for teens who may be struggling with depression and anxiety who would benefit from learning life skills in a small group positive peer atmosphere.  CAST is a prevention program for teens that provides life-skills guidance utilizing peer and group encouragement. The goal of the CAST program is to assist teens with learning life skills in a positive peer supported setting. The Foundation provides fund for a part time therapist at our Children’s Unit at the Crisis Stabilization Unit. Fred Lang Foundation also funds a Specialized Children’s Trauma training for child therapists. The dollars spent this year will improve our treatment models for our local children with sexual abuse and other trauma issues. The Foundation provides funding of a Specialty Summer Camp Program at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. This summer camp will allow 25 children seen at CBHC to attend this specialty summer camp for Expressive Arts and more.

2016 Board of Directors

Margaret C. Lang
President Emeritus 
Keith Callaghan, Lee Memorial Health Systems Foundation
Miranda Fields
Vice President
Robert Dickinson
Cathi Dryburgh, Integrity Employee Leasing
Donna Worthley
Liz Green, Harbor Style Magazine
Paul Lioon, Independent Trust Services of SWFL
Ed Wotitzky, Esq., Wotitzky Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley
Kevin Shirley, Attorney
Ashley Maher, Unity Medical
Marjorie Benson, Friendly Floors
Jill Ferguson
Adam Cummings, Edward Jones
Sherri Dennis, Sun Herald