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Tuesday, March 22 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Health in Hospitality - Sobriety and Substance Abuse

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Even with 47 years in restaurant hospitality under his belt, it’s been a long road: December 14, 1982 is the day Mickey Bakst characterizes as his “demise.” Like untold others in the industry suffering from addiction, Mickey found his “bottom” in 1982. Fortunately for him and us, he “came back to life,” as he calls it, found his calling – and a way to stay in business – and ultimately created Ben’s Friends. Hear his story and learn about the great need and resources available to leaders to battle addiction in the ranks.

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Mickey Bakst

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ben's Friends
Maître D, foodie, fundraiser, philanthropist, career restaurateur, mentor, and Charleston ambassador –these are just a few titles bestowed upon Mickey Bakst. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mickey became interested in the hospitality industry after helping a friend check... Read More →

Tuesday March 22, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PDT
LVCC South Hall, Room S226