The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series
Golf Commentator David Feherty shared his personal story of recovery from alcoholism this past Friday at Hilton Americas-Houston, for The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ Annual Fall Luncheon on November 15, 2013. The luncheon, co-chaired by Chandos and Ike Epley and Miriam Westmoreland, raised over $600,000 for The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. In his signature style, Feherty’s story was told through humor that had the crowd of over 1,000 attendees laughing from beginning to end.
Feherty credits his sense of humor with helping to keep him alive during a dark time in his life. “The odds of my reaching 50 were negligible,” Feherty shared during Friday’s luncheon. He now realizes the seriousness of alcoholism not just for the alcoholic, but his entire family. “Sooner or later, it will get you,” Feherty continued. “I have the benefit of being able to tell my sons and daughter to look out for it.”
“The struggles David shared today are similar to those of so many other families we help here at The Council,” said Mel Taylor, President and CEO, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. “What is important for families to know is that they are not alone. Everyone is affected, and support is available for everyone affected.”
This support was key for David Feherty as well. “You can’t do it on your own. You need to be around other people who know how you feel,” he added. Today, David has learned to take things one day at a time. “I just have to be sober today.” Click here to read the entire luncheon press release.
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 history.
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 email@example.com or 281-200-9335.