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Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner


April 23, 2015
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Reception at 6 p.m Dinner at 7 p.m.

The annual Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner raises awareness in the community about alcohol and drug addiction while honoring individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions related to research, education or treatment by awarding the Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award. This event takes place each spring and the proceeds support programs and services at Fairbanks and Hope Academy.

Keynote Speaker
Greg Williams, Filmmaker and Social Entrepreneur
Director of The Anonymous People

Greg Williams is a communications specialist, health policy advocate and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He specializes in the creation of compelling, purposeful content and is dedicated to creating positive changes in health system efficiency and quality.

Greg is a person in long-term recovery from addiction since age seventeen. For the past six years, he has worked with non-profit and government agencies to create positive changes in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery policies for youth and families. He is the owner of 4th Dimension Productions, LLC and the writer and producer of the groundbreaking independent film, “The Anonymous People”.

The Anonymous People highlights the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. The film exposes the social stigma and discrimination that has kept voices of recovery silent for decades. In 2013, the film was released in the United States and Canada and is now available digitally and on DVD. Two years later, the film continues to fuel a change in conversation that aims to transform public opinion and shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions. “The Anonymous People” has received widespread acclaim and a variety awards in the industry. Greg Williams’ next project, Generation Found, focuses on young people in recovery and the cultivation of a supportive community.

Greg has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Production from Quinnipiac University and a Master’s degree from New York University focused on Addiction Public Policy and Documentary Film. As an advocate, Greg has spoken to legislative bodies and has been featured in news stories surrounding youth addiction recovery by ABC World News, NBC News, The Prevention Researcher, Family Circle Magazine and The Hartford Courant. For additional information about Greg Williams and to read some of these national articles, please visit

On April 3, the Fairbanks alumni and volunteer relations department will host a viewing of "The Anonymous People". More information about this event will be available soon at

For questions about this event contact Katy Crichlow Cummings, Director of Development at 317.572.9398.

Past Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner Guest Speakers:
2014: Cris Carter
2013: Laurie Dhue
2012: Chris Herren
2011: Meredith Baxter
2010: Judy Collins
2009: Ben Vereen
2008: John Larroquette
2007: Steve Ford
2006: Bart Starr
2005: William Cope Moyers
2004: Christopher Kennedy Lawford
2003: Judy Collins
2002: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ph.D.

Past Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award Recipients:
2014: William T. "Rusty" McKay, II 
2013: Ellen Annala
2012: Helene M. Cross
2011: Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard
2010: Indiana Wesleyan University
2009: Norfolk Southern Corporation
2008: The Honorable Linda L. Chezem
2007: Paul D. Riley, M.D.
2006: Kim and Marissa Manlove
2005: The University of Indianapolis – Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning
2004: Tai-Kai Li, M.D.
2003: Timothy J. Kelly, M.D.
2002: The Richard M. Fairbanks Family