The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series

The Council's 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 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.

For more information on how you can support our Luncheons or any of our other fund-raising efforts, please call 281.200.9336contact us online, or email

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.

Past Luncheon Speakers

A Galaxy of Stars!

Twice every year, at its Spring and Fall Luncheons, The Council presents the biggest celebrities whose personal stories both entertain and inspire hope for recovery. Here are some of the stars who have helped The Council on Recovery raise awareness and funds over the years:
Alice Cooper Council on Recovery Fall 2018
Natalie Cole - Council on Recover 2014
David Feherty at Council on Recovery 2013
Jamie Lee Curtis- Council on Recovery 2013
Earl Campbell Council on Recovery Fall 2012
Ashley Judd-Council on Recovery 2012
Tatum O'Neal-Council on Recovery 2011
Jim Belushi Council on Recovery Spring 2011
John Larroquette-Council on Recovery Fall 2010
Meredith Baxter-Council on Recovery Spring 2010
Marlee Matlin-Council on Recovery Fall 2009
Ellen Burstyn-Council on Recovery Spring 2009
Craig T Nelson-Council on Recovery Fall 2008
Judy Collins-Council on Recovery Spring 2008
Chuck Negron-Council on Fall 2007
Larry Gatlin Council on Recovery @pring 2007
Richard Dreyfus Council on Recovery Spring 2006
Carrie Fisher-Council on Recovery Fall 2005
Lou Gossett Jr-Council on Recovery Spring 2005
Red McCombs-Council on Recovery Fall 2004
Janine Turner-Council on Recovery Spring 2004
Cris Carter-Council on Recovery Fall 2003
Richard Lewis Council on Recovery Spring 2003
Art Linkletter Council on Recovery Fall 2002
Mackenzie Phillips-Council on Recovery Spring 2002
Laraine Newman Council on Recovery Spring 2001
Ann Richards-Council on Recovery Spring 2001
Laura Baugh-Council on Recovery Fall 2001
Hollywood Henderson-Council on Recovery Fall 2000
For more information on how you can support our Luncheons, please contact or call 281.200.9336.