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.
The following YouTube video was produced in 2011 as a tribute to the Wagonners Foundation:
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.
36th Annual Spring Luncheon with Andrew McCarthy
Award-winning actor, director, producer, & writer inspires crowd of 900+
Andrew McCarthy, actor, director, producer, and an award-winning travel writer, thoroughly inspired an audience of over 900 with his personal story recovery from addiction and alcoholism on April 12th at the Hilton Americas-Houston. In the process, he helped The Council on Recovery raise nearly $400,000 to provide addiction prevention, education, and treatment services in the Greater Houston area.
Andrew 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 Bob Candito and Amanda Polich, each of whom related their own poignant stories about recovery. Read Bob's remarks here. Read Amanda's remarks here.