10th Anniversary Celebration


The Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary with its annual breakfast on October 26, at the Country Club of Lansing.

Foundation founder, the Hon. Rosemarie Aquilina, along with members of the founding board of directors, were among those recognized at the event.

The Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation is a charitable organization that helps support local sobriety courts and their participants by helping to alleviate everyday financial obstacles that may hinder a participant’s progress towards sobriety.

Examples include assisting with substance abuse counseling fees, dental work, bus passes, drug screenings, utility bills and any other needs that threaten their ability to finish the intensive court-ordered program. 

Since the Foundation’s inception, there have been roughly 855 program graduates from around the Ingham County area.

This year’s guest speaker was Craig DeRoche, former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. DeRoche serves as senior vice president for advocacy and public policy of Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families. He leads the organization’s efforts to advance restorative criminal justice reform at the state and federal levels. DeRoche has testified before Congress and confers with lawmakers to help design legislation that prioritizes accountability, community participation and second chances.

“The success rate for our treatment courts is somewhere above 75 percent,” says Foster Swift attorney and Foundation President, John Nicolucci. “They are putting their lives back together; they are putting their families back together. We hear ‘Thank you, you’ve changed my life, you’ve saved my life.’”

For more information on how to contribute to the efforts of the Foundation, contact John Nicolucci at (517) 371-8224 and/or jnicolucci@fosterswift.com or Jerre Cory at (517) 285-9359 and/or jerrecory@ymail.com.


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