Austin Recovery's 2013 Speaker Series Luncheon was a huge success, with over 500 guests in attendance, and over $300,000 raised to support Austin Recovery continue achieving our mission: to provide the highest quality of drug and alcohol treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of personal circumstances.
This series is an annual fundraising luncheon speaker series that began in the fall of 2011, 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. 2013's keynote speaker was legendary Texas Longhorn and Houston Oilers Running Back, Earl Campbell. Event Chairs were Val Armstrong and Rachael Wyatt, with Edith Royal as Honorary Chair, and Ron Franklin as our Master of Ceremonies.
Earl Campbell, a Texas native, overcame a youth of poverty to win a Heisman Trophy and would go on to join the Houston Oilers as first all-around pick in the 1978 draft. Years of playing football took a toll on Campbell’s body, and after multiple surgeries he found relief through prescription painkillers, which eventually took over his life. Three years ago, with the help and encouragement of his family, Campbell courageously took on the challenge of living drug- and alcohol-free.
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