April 28, 2014
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
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.
Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver
Cris Carter is one of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history. The former Minnesota Vikings star receiver started a new chapter in his storied career by joining HBO's "Inside the NFL" as a weekly commentator. In his rookie season, Carter earned high marks for his keen game analysis and sharp opinions.
Drafted out of Ohio State University by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987, Carter's first reception as a pro was a 22-yard touchdown catch. He went on to a stellar NFL career spanning 15 years, including 12 years with the Minnesota Vikings. Coupling stunning athletic ability with durability, Carter played a full 16-game slate for 13 seasons and appeared in eight consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1999, he became only the second player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes, putting him into the history books alongside Jerry Rice. Carter, 36, ranks second on the NFL's all-time list for total receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130). He was named to the All-Decade Team (1990) by the Pro-Football-Hall-of-Fame Selection Committee and received the 1999 NFL Man of the Year award. In dramatic fashion, he joined the Miami Dolphins in 2002, when injuries decimated their receiving corps.
In addition to his on field accomplishments, Carter has been an active member of the community. Today he speaks about overcoming substance abuse, addiction, and personal/family problems.
On a visit to Minnesota in 2013, just weeks after being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris recalled the exact day—September 19th, 1990—when Betty Triligi, the Vikings team counselor, challenged him to go a week without drinking.
“I haven’t had a drink since then. I was just trying to make it through the week to survive really. That’s what I was really trying to do, just make it through one week and then eventually after surviving, I could feel my body starting to change and I could feel my ability starting to really, I could be as good as I really wanted to be. I upped my conditioning, I dropped my body weight, and then the rest was history.”
He established the Carter-White Charitable Foundations for underprivileged children, as well as the Viking Super Challenge, which challenges students to stay in school and away from drugs. He also created the Cris Carter Academic Honor Roll Program that recognizes high school athletes that excel on the field and in the classroom. Carter is also a consultant to FAST, a sports training center where young athletes can play sports year round and a place professional athletes can stay in the off-season.
For more information about this event contact Katy Crichlow Cummings, Director of Development at 317.572.9398.
Past Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner Guest Speakers:
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:
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