The Austin Recovery Speaker Series is an annual fundraising luncheon speaker series that began in the fall of 2011 with guest speaker Rob Lowe, taking place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Each gathering features a nationally acclaimed artist, entertainer, or speaker who shares his or her story of recovery. The goal of the series is to break the silence and stigma placed on addiction, while raising essential funds in support of Austin Recovery’s commitment to provide high-quality services to all in need.
This past Spring, Golden Globe-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor shared his personal story of recovery to a crowd of over 600 at the Austin Recovery Speaker Series’ 2015 Spring Luncheon. Chaired by Patti Halladay and Steve Hicks, the annual luncheon brought in over $400,000 for the nonprofit’s addiction treatment services and once again took place at The ACL Live at The Moody Theater. This luncheon featured a special announcement by President and CEO Mel Taylor of the agency’s new name, The Council on Recovery, and the momentous unveiling of a new logo. The program also included recognition of longtime Austin Recovery board member and supporter Val Armstrong, who was honored with the organization’s Edith Royal Service Award for 2015.
“This is about saving lives. People don’t know where to go. We have to be that beacon for them,” remarked Jeffrey Tambor during his keynote speech about his personal journey out of addiction and into a life of recovery. Jeffrey’s words drew much laughter and culminated in a heartfelt ovation from Jeffrey to the audience, whom he acknowledged for supporting the work of The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery. “Thank you for your time. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for making a difference. Thank you for our future. God bless you.” This annual fundraising luncheon, now in its fourth year, raises critical financial resources for the agency’s programs and services that today impact the lives of over 500,000 individuals across the state. To date, the luncheons have raised more than $1 million to support addiction services and hope for those who otherwise might not receive help.
The Spring Luncheon also made official the agency’s new identity and logo as The Council on Recovery. In 2013, Austin Recovery joined forces with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, and the new, shared name and logo represent the end result of many months of collaborative rebranding strategy. The Council on Recovery provides residential treatment services in Austin and intensive outpatient, family treatment and prevention services in both Austin and Houston, offering clients a full continuum of best-in-class care while turning no one away.
“As Mr. Tambor tells us with his unique blend of humor and compassion, recovery from addiction takes incredible perseverance, ongoing community and family support, and a recovery program for life. The Council on Recovery is here to help each family who struggles with addiction-related issues to find their path to a happy, joyous, and free lifestyle,” emphasized President and CEO Mel Taylor. Addiction affects one in four individuals and is included alongside cancer and heart disease as one of our nation’s most fatal diseases.
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