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Austin Recovery's 50th Anniversary Celebration

In 1967, Jim and Hazel Lavender opened their hearts to Austinites who were struggling with addiction and built a home where they could go for safe and compassionate recovery. For fifty years, the core of their work has remained intact and despite a handful of hard spots, Austin Recovery has remained a place where tens of thousands of Texans have gone for compassionate and affordable recovery care.

Addiction is a chronic disease with antidotes of connection and self-worth, and when paired with the teachings of the 12 Steps, resiliency is born. It is this central tenet of the organization - resiliency - that remains the foundation on which Austin Recovery stands and continues to build on today.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Our annual spring luncheon will be our birthday party! Join us this year as we tell the story of Austin Recovery and highlight its legacy of resilience through the stories of alumni and leaders in the Austin recovery community.

Registration at 11:30am

Program begins at 12pm and runs until 1:30pm.

JCC of Austin

Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center
7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX 78735

Celebration will be in the Community Hall.

Jim Walker

Jim Walker has been involved in the recovery community of Central Texas for 37 years. He served as Chairman of the Alcohol treatment advisory committee to Austin/Travis County MHMR from 1979-1982 and then as Board member and president of the Greater Austin Council on Alcohol and Drug abuse from 1982-1984. Jim spent 7 years as Executive Director of La Hacienda Treatment Center and went on to be regional Vice-President of Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a founder and partner of Hartland Behavioral Health, business development consultant to Memorial/Hermann The PARC, Houston, Texas and founder and partner of The Arbor Treatment Center, in Georgetown, Texas. Jim has been married for 40 years to Becky Walker, and together they have three children and five grandchildren.

Maryse Saffle

Maryse Saffle is a native of Switzerland and a graduate from Cambridge University, England.She has served as Experiential Coordinator at Austin Recovery since May 2007. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor , a Certified Practitioner of Integrative Breathwork and Soul-based Psychology and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner . Maryse is passionate about bringing the heart back into the addiction treatment field, and is an Alumni since 2001.She believes that healing trauma and emotions is the necessary foundation for long term recovery and provides clients a safe container to do their inner work.

Bill Wigmore

Father Bill Wigmore has served in the addiction treatment field for over 40 years. An ordained Episcopal priest, he served as Chair of Recovery Ministries for the Diocese of Texas, and is a past Fellow at the Hope and Healing Institute in Houston, Texas. Father Bill worked as a counselor and family therapist before directing several nationally recognized treatment centers in Louisiana, Arizona, and Texas. He served as President and CEO of Austin Recovery for 16 years before retiring in 2011. He has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Social Work, the Austin Theological Seminary, and the Seminary of the Southwest. He is in long-term recovery from alcohol addiction since 1972. He presently develops and oversees websites linking AA’s founding Christian principles and practices later formulated into 12-Step recovery.

Select Your Table Level Below

Table sales are tax deductible.*

90% of all proceeds go to fund programs. (Yes, really)

Shooting Star $25,000

 Premier table of 8, premier recognition in invitation and online marketing, full page ad in program, premier name placement on Sustainer's Wall.

Platinum Partner $15,000

Priority table of 8, priority recognition in invitation, online marketing and program, and priority name placement on Sustainer's Wall.

Benefactor $10,000

Preferred table of 8, preferred recognition in invitation, online marketing and program, and preferred name placement on Sustainer's Wall.

Patron $5,000

Table of 8, recognition in invitation, online marketing, and program.

Underwriter $3,000

Table of 8, recognition in invitation, and program.

Friend $1,500

Table of 8, recognition in program.

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