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.