The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series
Spring & Fall Fundraising Luncheons
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 Spring and Fall Luncheons each attract more than 1,000 attendees and regularly raise a combined 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.
2018 Fall Luncheon with Alice Cooper
Fall Luncheon with Alice Cooper raises $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.