There are some charity events that focus on the substance of the organization, but then lack on the panache. Others are amazing events to attend, but then you leave vaguely remembering what your dollars went to support.
Then there are events like Austin Recovery’s first Artists on Recovery Luncheon. The event left you feeling moved and in awe of what one organization’s impact can be for a community, all while having a thoroughly entertaining time.
Guest speaker for the day was actor Rob Lowe who spoke candidly about his own addictions and how rehab saved him. He was honest, funny and captivating as the minutes seemed to fly by before the sold out crowd. Guests then took the floor with questions ranging from his views on legally mandated rehab to the celebrity rehab trends. He had some choice words for the latter.
Following the talk, Lowe signed copies of his recently released memoir, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” for event sponsors and key donors.
With more than 800 guests, the event raised over $800 thousand for the Austin Recovery Family House Treatment Center construction. The facility will offer a unique and highly-specialized program that allows mothers to bring their children with them into residential treatment. This program aims to keep families together, in an environment free of addiction.