The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series was created in memory of June and Virgil Waggoner’s son Jay, who died of alcoholism at the young age of 36. For over 20 years, The Council has held a spring luncheon, presenting many of the country’s most prominent and entertaining speakers as a way to educate the community on alcoholism and addiction. In 1999, this fundraising and friend-raising event evolved into a speaker series, with a second luncheon held each autumn. Learn more about the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series luncheon history and past speakers by clicking here.

The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series has gained national recognition, with the spring luncheon becoming one of the largest philanthropic luncheons in Houston. Speakers share their personal stories, as well as information related to alcoholism, addiction, recovery, health and wellness.

Today, the Spring and Fall Luncheons each attract over 1,000 attendees and gross a combined total of close to $1,000,000 each year to help individuals and families suffering from alcohol- and drug-related illnesses. Inevitably after each luncheon, someone who is adversely affected by this disease is motivated to get help. Each year, The Council serves more than 250,000 individuals, helping them to overcome feelings of despair, hopelessness and low self-esteem, and seeing them regain their self-worth, become stronger and begin to achieve their dreams.


The Council on Recovery Speaker Series in Austin is an annual fundraising luncheon speaker series that began in the fall of 2011, taking place at Austin City Limits Moody Theater and featuring guest speaker Rob Lowe. 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 The on Council Recovery’s commitment to provide high-quality services to all in need. Proceeds from this event support The Council on Recovery, helping to continue saving lives, families, and futures of those touched by addiction.

For more information on how you can support our luncheons, please contact specialevents@councilonrecovery.org or call 281.200.9336.

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