Recovery Awards Dinner

Together Towards Tomorrow

Due to COVID-19 Foundation for Recovery has decided to postpone the Recovery Awards Dinner until further notice. Stay tuned for more details. Nominations will remain open and may be made on this page. Thank you for your understanding and be well.

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Awarding Recovery Changemakers

Each year, Foundation for Recovery holds the annual Recovery Awards Dinner.  This event honors those who have made significant contributions to the recovery community, while raising funds for recovery-focused programs and services. The public is invited to attend and nominate a community member who has gone above and beyond to support the recovery community.

Now more than ever, we need to harness the power of recovery as a healing and restorative force within the life of family and community.r

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The Keynote Speaker

Beth Macy

Beth Macy is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books about marginalized people in America. Based in southwest Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won many national awards, including a J. Anthony Lukas Prize and a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard.

Her 2018 book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was called a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” in the New York Times and was named to more than a dozen Best Books of 2018 lists. With signature journalistic rigor and incredible humanity, Macy turns our attention to a timely, sobering American reality – the national crisis that is the opioid epidemic. Macy grew up with a father who was addicted to alcohol, which made addiction a particularly difficult subject to tackle. “The only way I could stand to write this book was to write about the people fighting back — so the families and the first responders,” she said. “My goal was to mobilize people to care about this.”

Dopesick is the only book to tell the full story of the opioid crisis, from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans struggling to save themselves and their families: “masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference” from a journalist who has lived through it (New York Times). In this extraordinary work, Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor’s offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Through unsparing, compelling, and unforgettably humane portraits of families and first responders determined to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Macy shows that one thing uniting Americans across geographic, partisan, and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But even in the midst of twin crises in drug abuse and healthcare, Macy finds a reason to hope and ample signs of the spirit and tenacity that are helping the countless ordinary people ensnared by addiction build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Incredible Praise for DOPESICK

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New York Times Book Review

“The further Macy wades into the wreckage of addiction, the more damning her indictment becomes…this gripping book is a feat of reporting, research and synthesis.”

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Tom Hanks

“Beth Macy is not satisfied with myths or side-bars. She seeks the very hearts of the people who are running the long marathons of struggle and survival – of Life. Dopesick is another deep – and deeply needed – look into the troubled soul of America.”

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Wall Street Journal

“Ms. Macy focuses on southern and western Virginia, though the lessons of her narrative apply broadly… Macy embedded herself in the lives of four heartsick families whose children’s lives were ravaged—and sometimes lost—because of opioid addiction… for those new to the topic there is much to learn.”

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Professor Anne C Case

“Everyone should read Beth Macy’s story of the American opioid epidemic, of suffering, of heroism and stupidity, and of the corporate greed and regulatory failure that lies behind it. With compassion and humanity, Macy takes us into the lives of the victims, their families, law enforcement, and even some of the criminals. A great book!”

-Professor Anne C Case, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University and Sir Angus Deaton, FBA HonFRSE and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

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USA Today

“In ‘Dopesick’ she brings a new level of nuance and humanity to a story that has been splashed across headlines for years.”

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People magazine

“Heartbreaking, exhaustively researched…a fierce indictment of racism, corporate greed and wily dealers…a terrifying, essential read.”

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Senator Tim Kaine

“Beth Macy writes about our opioid epidemic but Dopesick is not about the drugs. It’s a book about kids and
moms and neighbors and the people who try to save them. It’s about shame and stigma and desperation. It’s about bad policy, greed and corruption. It’s a Greek tragedy with a chorus of teenage ghosts who know how to text but can’t express how they feel.”

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Tony Horwitz

“I’m still in withdrawal from Dopesick, a harrowing journey through the history and contemporary hell-scape of drug addiction. Beth Macy brings a big heart, a sharp eye, and a powerful sense of place to the story of ordinary Americans in the grip of an extraordinary crisis.”

-Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the National bestseller Confederates in the Attic

The Award Categories

Each award category honors those that have made significant contributions to recovery. Honorees are selected through a community nomination. Nomination forms will be opening soon!

BOB GRAY COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD
The recipient of this award has proven to be an outstanding individual or organization that is supportive of addiction and mental health recovery and has consistently served the greater good of the community.
EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH & EDUCATION AWARD
The recipient of this award has significantly contributed to the field of Addiction Studies by contributing to/being a part of cutting edge research, including data analysis and outcomes studies and/or furthering the classroom experience for students studying this discipline.
ROBERT REHMAR PROFESSIONAL AWARD
The recipient of this award has proven to be a Practitioner/Professional in the field of Addiction and/or Mental Health who has made strides to bring treatment and/or prevention to the forefront of the public’s awareness or has made breakthroughs in the treatment and/or prevention arenas around mental health and recovery.
STEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD
The recipient of this award has proven their commitment to bringing the stories of recovery to the public at large, and/or their ongoing support of reducing the stigma associated with addiction and mental health challenges.  Nominations of individuals in the recovery community with a high public profile (celebrities and/or politicians – an easily recognizable name) are strongly encouraged.

Highlights from Last Year

The event brought together 300 members of the recovery community and raised over $20,000 in revenue for Foundation for Recovery’s peer recovery support services.  The recovery community encompasses people in long-term recovery, their families and allies as well as recovery-focused professionals and organizations. 

 

 

2019 Awardees

American actress and author Mackenzie Phillips was this year’s keynote speaker. Phillips is the New York Times bestselling author of High on Arrival. She rose to fame with breakout parts in 1973’s American Graffiti and 70’s sitcom One Day at a Time. Phillips is also the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas lead singer, John Phillips. Her personal struggles with addiction have led her to become an outspoken advocate for recovery.

Congratulations to all award winners! 

Mackenzie Phillips

KEYNOTE & FRIEND OF RECOVERY

Cherie Hughes

BOB GRAY COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

Dr. Brad Donohue

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION AWARD

Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick

BOB GRAY COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

Christie Medina

ROBERT REHMAR ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Heidi Gustafson

FOUNDATION FOR RECOVERY BRICK AWARD

Sarah Juarez receiving for Rhonda Fairchild

STEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD

Dr. Karla Wagner

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION AWARD

Debbie Isaacs

BOB GRAY COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

Lawrence Weekly

TEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD

The Siegels

STEVE SIGMAN RECOVERY AWARENESS AWARD

Derek Harper

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Tyrone Thompson Recognition

A TRIBUTE TO ASSEMBLYMAN TYRONE THOMPSON

Natalie Fahnestock

ROBERT REHMAR ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL AWARD