The Comunità San Patrignano near Rimini in the region of Emilia-Romagna was founded in 1978 by the entrepreneur Vincenzo Muccioli and is today the largest drug rehabilitation centre in Europe. It is run by the Cooperative Comunità San Patrignano Società Cooperativa Sociale. The basic principle is that every human being must protect his dignity and his life.
From 1978 to 2017, San Patrignano welcomed around 25,000 young people and offered them a home, a hospital, legal aid, a job or the opportunity to study, learn, change their lives and become full members of society again. 140 volunteers and 350 paid employees, many of them former drug addicts, form the core of the community. According to independent studies by a multidisciplinary research team from the Universities of Urbino and Pavia, 72 percent of the people who have completed treatment in San Patrignano no longer consume drugs. They are socially and professionally fully reintegrated into society.
Half of San Patrignano's income comes from the sale of self-produced goods and services, the other half from donations from private individuals and companies. The concept of the centre includes a winery and the production of regional specialities.
In order to make these high-quality products known beyond the borders of Italy, a charity event with dinner at the Méridien Beach Plaza in Monaco will take place on 6 June, during which Marquise Maria Ghilla of Canossa will be appointed the new ambassador of San Patrignano in Monte-Carlo. The Vice-President of the San Patrignano Foundation, Francesca Zanconato Scaroni, will be demonstrating the various activities of the well-known centre.
This soirée, organised by the Associazione Monaco Italia Hub and under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Monaco, will take place in collaboration with the Italian Academy of the Cucina, which combines the culinary delights of San Patrignano with social commitment. Many personalities from the Principality's public life are expected, as well as Camille Gottlieb, daughter of Princess Stephanie, and President of the BESAFE Association against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, which receives half of the raffle proceeds.
Admission for cocktail and dinner 200 euros per person.