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A music superstar opens up on her fight with addiction in Houston, helps raise more than $500,000

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Jerri Duddlesten Moore, from left, Natalie Cole and Jim Moore at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Jerri Duddlesten Moore, from left, Natalie Cole and Jim Moore. Photo by © Steven David
Jim and Carol Farnsworth, from left, and Shannon and Jim Braniff IV at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Jim and Carol Farnsworth, from left, and Shannon and Jim Braniff IV. Photo by © Steven David
Margie Crump, left, and Elizabeth Quisenberry at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Margie Crump, left, and Elizabeth Quisenberry. Photo by © Steven David
Jack Daniel, left, and Lad Rack at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Jack Daniel, left, and Lad Rack. Photo by © Steven David
Steven Kirkland, from left, Angelia Pisecco, Charlie Musslewhite and Magee Stephen at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Steven Kirkland, from left, Angelia Pisecco, Charlie Musslewhite and Magee Stephen. Photo by © Steven David
Lisa Malosky, from left, Natalie Cole, Rob Arnold and June Waggoner at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Lisa Malosky, from left, Natalie Cole, Rob Arnold and June Waggoner. Photo by © Steven David
Bebe Gow and Kirby Attwell at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Bebe Gow and Kirby Attwell. Photo by © Steven David
Jerri Duddlesten Moore, from left, Natalie Cole and Jim Moore at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Jim and Carol Farnsworth, from left, and Shannon and Jim Braniff IV at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Margie Crump, left, and Elizabeth Quisenberry at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Jack Daniel, left, and Lad Rack at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Steven Kirkland, from left, Angelia Pisecco, Charlie Musslewhite and Magee Stephen at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Lisa Malosky, from left, Natalie Cole, Rob Arnold and June Waggoner at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014
Bebe Gow and Kirby Attwell at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs luncheon May 2014

What: The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston annual spring luncheon.

Where: At the Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole recounted her struggle with addiction and her road to recovery before an audience of 1,100, the guests held in rapt attention by her gripping story. The 31st annual Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series raised more than $500,000 for Council programs aiding Houstonians dealing with addiction.

"Today, Natalie reminded us that addiction knows no boundaries, whether you are a celebrity’s daughter and star yourself, or someone growing up right here in Houston," said Mel Taylor, president and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. "When someone of her profile is unafraid to open up and admit to her struggles, it gives hope to countless others that they can do the same, and also find happiness again."

Who: Chairs Shannon and Jim Braniff IV and Carol and Jim Farnsworth, mistress of ceremonies Lisa  Malosky, plus Ellen Rutherford, Sarah Foshee, John D. Schiller, Jr., June Waggoner, Jerri Duddlesten Moore and Jim Moore.

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