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November 01, 2018 - The Council on Recovery 2018 Fall Luncheon

Where: Hilton Americas Houston

Master of Ceremonies: Frank Billingsley

Co-Chair(s): Dennis Robinson and Tony Valadez

President(s): William M. (Mel) Taylor, MSW

Invocation: Reverend Laura Mayo

Speaker: Alice Cooper

Blacktie Photos by: Derek Salyer

 Mike Delaney, Julie Bartos, and Alice Cooper
Mike Delaney, Julie Bartos, and Alice Cooper

The Council on Recovery prides themselves on providing straightforward solutions to individuals and their families that are being affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, and the mental health disorders that coincide with those afflictions. Since 1946, The Council on Recovery has been providing support to the Greater Houston community through a range of outpatient recovery services to both individuals and families, and are proud to say they turn no one away, no matter what their financial situation is. This is why the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series is so critical to the continuation of this outstanding public resource.

On Thursday, November 1st, 2018, The Wayne Duddlesten Foundation presented the Annual Fall Luncheon with celebrity guest speaker, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Godfather of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper.

Being a rock icon during a time when drugs and alcohol ruled the Rock and Roll scene, Alice Cooper has seen it all. Being able to watch as he discussed his experiences with local Houston weatherman Frank Billingsley, was an amazing look into how even the heaviest alcohol and drug users can become a pillar of sobriety. He spoke of his experiences with mostly alcohol, how he decided to go by Alice Cooper, and how golf ended up saving his life, among so many other topics.

For 35 years, the Spring Luncheon has been a beacon of hope in the Houston recovery community. It allows for all of those that have been affected by addiction in so many ways, to be able to give back to those who need help to start, or maintain their recovery. The Spring and Fall Luncheons consistently attract more than 1,000 attendees and help to raise a combined total of close to one million dollars each year to directly fund many of The Council's programs that help so many Houston individuals and families struggling with the effects of addictions. This Fall luncheon itself attracted over 1,000 attendees in one event, marking it the largest luncheon to date, with a donation total of $495,000!

As The Council says, You know someone who needs us, and the truth of that statement is what makes the efforts of these luncheons so much more important to make sure they never have to turn anyone away.

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