The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series

Council - 2014 Spring Luncheon - Home Page Button - Natalie Cole Grammy-winning songstress, Natalie Cole, will graciously share her inspiring story of self-renewal through recovery on Thursday, May 1 at the Hilton Americas-Houston, for The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ 31st Annual Spring Luncheon.  The luncheon, co-chaired by Shannon and Jim Braniff, IV and Carol and Jim Farnsworth, will benefit The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.

Many of us know the glamorous surface of Natalie’s story:  daughter of legendary entertainer Nat King Cole, Natalie lived what appeared to be a charmed life.  At age 25, she became the first black singer to win a “Best New Artist” Grammy. Natalie’s career highlights also included eight more Grammies, hits that reached the top of the Billboard chart, film roles, and authorship. Yet there is so much more to Natalie’s story than the storybook image of her public persona.  Her personal journey includes her harrowing battle with substance abuse alongside the loss of loved ones and relationships. 

Sponsor tables and individual seats are currently available for purchase. Click here for more information on the Spring 2014 luncheon and to purchase tickets.

The Waggoner 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. For over 20 years, The Council has held a spring luncheon, presenting many of the country’s most prominent and entertaining speakers as a way to educate the community on alcoholism and addiction. In 1999, this fundraising and friend-raising event evolved into a speaker series, with a second luncheon held each autumn. Learn more about the Waggoner Foundation Speaker Series luncheon history and past speakers by clicking here

Kevin & Liz Quizenberry with Jamie Lee Curtis & June Waggoner

Kevin & Liz Quizenberry with Jamie Lee Curtis & June Waggoner

The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series has gained national recognition, with the spring luncheon becoming one of the largest philanthropic luncheons in Houston. Speakers share their personal stories, as well as information related to alcoholism, addiction, recovery, health and wellness.

Today, the Spring and Fall Luncheons each attract over 1,000 attendees and gross a combined total of close to $1,000,000 each year to help individuals and families suffering from alcohol- and drug-related illnesses. Inevitably after each luncheon, someone who is adversely affected by this disease is motivated to get help. Each year, The Council serve more than 250,000 individuals, helping them to overcome feelings of despair, hopelessness and low self-esteem, and seeing them regain their worth, become stronger and begin to achieve their dreams.

For more information on how you can support The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series, contact or 281-200-9336.