Phoenix House is the nation's largest nonprofit drug treatment and prevention organization, helping 5,000 people daily with substance abuse problems.
"Virtually every family knows the pain of having a loved one fall into substance abuse," said John Hazen White Jr., president and CEO of Cranston-based Taco, Inc.
"They know how long and difficult the recovery can be," White said.
The donation was announced at Phoenix House's annual fundraising luncheon in Providence, which raised a total of $150,000 for the organization.
A former Phoenix House client, Sofia Capria, told the crowd at the luncheon about how she fell into drug and alcohol abuse as a teenager and her recovery, with help from Phoenix House Academy in New Hampshire. She's now in college and has stayed clean.
"In Sofia's case, there's a happy ending through the work and commitment of Phoenix House," White said. "We are proud of her and of Phoenix House. The Taco/White Family Foundation strongly supports the good and compassionate work of Phoenix House."