36th Annual Spring Luncheon with Andrew McCarthy

Award-winning actor, director, producer, & writer to speak April 12th

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 New York Times best sellers.

He lives in New York City with his wife, three kids, one dog and two fish.

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The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series

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 charity event has gained national recognition and the Spring Luncheon is one 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 the entire community.
The Spring and Fall Luncheons each attract more than 1,000 attendees and raise a combined total of close to $1,000,000 each year to directly fund The Council’s many programs that 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, please contact specialevents@councilonrecovery.org or call 281.200.9336.