Saturday, January 28, 2023

The 561 Face of A Parent of Loss

Hanley Foundation 

John Makris, Board of Directors 

John Makris majored in economics and accounting at Florida Atlantic University, later earning his CPA designation and becoming a Registered Investment Advisor. But no education could have prepared him for March 12, 2020, when his 23-year-old son Brice passed away from a Fentanyl overdose. 

An honor roll student at Florida State University, Brice had graduated with degrees in biology, chemistry, and psychology. “He was going to make his mark on the world,” his family shared. 

Described as an all-around great kid with an insatiable enthusiasm for learning and life, he had scores of friends and close, loving family ties. Surrounded by support and mentors, and with the intention to help save 100 men and women from the opioid crisis he had personally struggled with, Brice lost his battle while in recovery. John sold his accounting practice, and he and his wife Michelle joined forces with Hanley Foundation to create the Brice Makris Endowment Fund, dedicated to fulfilling their son’s dreams and honoring his legacy. 

“There are no words just how terrifying it is when you discover a loved one has this problem. You become aware at the beginning that it is a life and death battle,” John explains. 

In May 2020, John was invited to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and recently on its executive committee. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, and recovery support. 

In partnership with Hanley Foundation, the first annual Brice Makris Memorial Picnic is taking place on Sunday, November 14 at Boca West Country Club. For information, contact



This sponsored content is from the 2022 issue of Boca Chamber and the November/December 2021 issue of Boca magazineFor more from this year’s 561 Faces special section, click here.

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