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. Since 1999, this premier charity event has gained national recognition and our Spring and Fall Luncheons are two of the largest philanthropic gatherings in Houston. Since its inception, the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series has been promoting a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle and the benefits it brings to our entire community.
Over the years, the Spring and Fall Luncheons have featured a Galaxy of Stars. Every Luncheon attracts more than 1,000 attendees and regularly raises a combined annual total of nearly $1,000,000 to directly fund The Council’s many programs. Throughout our rich history, monies raised at our Luncheons have made it possible to help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. As these rising problems continue to affect our community, governmental funding of prevention and treatment programs is steadily declining. The Council's efforts to fill this critical service gap have made our fundraising needs more important than ever, especially since we turn no one away.
Andrew McCarthy is an actor, director, producer, and an award winning travel writer. He gained fame in the 1980’s appearing in such iconic films as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Than Zero, as well cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play Sideman and made numerous television appearances, from Law and Order to Gossip Girl.
He currently directs some of today’s most popular and acclaimed television shows, including, Orange Is the New Black, The Blacklist, Grace and Frankie, and New Amsterdam among many others. He is simultaneously producing Condor for the Audience Network and Nightflyers for Sifi.
Andrew is also one of today’s leading travel writers, having been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Atlantic. Both his 2012 travel memoir, THE LONGEST WAY HOME (in which he briefly chronicled his struggle with, and recovery from, alcohol) and his 2017 novel JUST FLY AWAY became a New York Times best-seller.
He lives in New York City with his wife, three kids, one dog and two fish.
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2018 Fall Luncheon with Alice Cooper
Fall Luncheon with Alice Cooper raised $495,000
Alice Cooper, the Godfather of Shock-Rock and Rock & Roll Hall Inductee thrilled an audience of nearly 1200 with his personal story recovery from addiction and alcoholism on November 1st at the Hilton Americas-Houston. In the process, he helped The Council on Recovery raise more than $495,000 to provide addiction prevention, education, and treatment services in the Greater Houston area. Read the complete press release on our newsroom page.
Alice was the keynote speaker at the 36th Annual Spring Luncheon in The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series presented by the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation. The Luncheon was chaired by Council board members Dennis Robinson and Tony Valdez, each of whom related their own personal experience with recovery. Read Dennis' remarks here. Read Tony's remarks here.