A Tribute to a Generous Man: Duane “Pat” Stranahan, Jr.

A Tribute to a Generous Man: Duane “Pat” Stranahan, Jr.

For nearly 25 years Duane Stranahan, Jr, belovedly known in the Naples community as Pat, along with his wife Robin, have been steadfast supporters of David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health. Our community and the friends and family he so lovingly adored, sadly lost a wonderful man whose memory will live on in the programs, charities and lives he touched through his generosity.

Pat’s passion for community spans a lifetime. Much of his advocacy work was through his role as a trustee in his family’s foundation, The Stranahan Foundation of Toledo, Ohio, where he was from. The Foundation was a labor of love that kept him engaged and active later in life in the communities of Toledo and Naples where he had residences.

When Pat and Robin moved to Naples, they became passionately involved in the work DLC was doing both personally and through his work with The Stranahan Foundation. Since 1998, Pat and Robin have personally donated to DLC’s mission through a variety of endeavors. When a need arose, they helped fill the gap. When Robin became an active volunteer on special event committees and eventually the David Lawrence Foundation Board of Directors, Pat supported her every step of the way. Through countless gala sponsorships, auction item donations and eventually serving alongside her as co-chair of the 2017 Magical Musical Tour Gala. They opened their homes for friendraisers and hosted fabulous wine dinners and introduced the DLC mission to their friends to encourage their support. They were also founding members of the DLC Giving Society.

Over the years, Pat brought their passion for mental health and addiction treatment to The Stranahan Foundation board and successfully advocated for a variety of grants that funded life-saving, life-changing programs including mental and substance use treatment for the uninsured and underserved, adult case management services, psychological testing and psychiatric services for children as well as DLC’s innovative children’s programs such as juvenile drug court and specialized therapeutic foster care. They also invested in bringing new and emerging treatment capabilities such trauma incident training for clinicians – a program that continues to have a profound impact on DLC clients suffering from PTSD and crippling anxiety. One recent grant funded the purchase of a new van to transport clients in the Crossroads Addiction Recovery program as well as the Children’s Partial Hospitalization program to community-based supports. The van also transports homeless clients to outpatient appointments from homeless shelters.

“Pat was one of the brightest, most sincere and stately gentlemen I have ever met. Robin and he were among some of the first individuals I met when I moved to Naples and they so warmly welcomed my family to the community,” said Scott Burgess, DLC CEO. “I shall always remember his deep kindness, Pat’s concern for all in need, and his amazing partnership with DLC to bring help and hope to those struggling.”

Pat’s incredible legacy as a true champion of the community will live on in all who he graciously helped and through the many organizations that he generously, powerfully and wonderfully supported.

Not only did Pat give financially through many different fundraising initiatives, he selflessly donated his time and energy. His passion never wavered.

Pat will never be forgotten. His memory will live on in the lives he helped save, the families that were held together, the children who succeeded, and in the improved quality of life of so many who received the support they desperately need.

Apr 22, 2021 | Blog, News

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