Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2017 Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner. This year’s event had an attendance of 562 and raised over $170,500! That surpassed our fundraising goal and is the most raised in the 16-year history of the Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner!

Save the date: The 2018 Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner is April 26!

For questions about this event, contact Mariann Williams at 317-572-9391.

The annual Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner raises awareness in our community about alcohol and drug addiction. The event is a celebration of hope featuring faces and voices of those in recovery from addiction. The Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award is presented to an individual or organization making outstanding contributions to the field of addiction. Proceeds from the Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner support programs and services at Fairbanks, La Verna Lodge and Hope Academy.

2017 Keynote Speaker:





Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn-born, now-retired New York Police Department officer, helped uplift the country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” at numerous memorial events and on television. Witnessing firsthand the tragedy of 9/11 made him realize how fleeting life is.

But that is just one aspect of Rodriguez’s life. Another is his triumph over addiction.

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2017 Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award Winner:

Former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller







2017 Honorary Chair:

Sen. Jim Merritt






Past Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner Guest Speakers:

2016: Andrew McKenna
2015: Greg Williams
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:
2016: Justin K. Phillips
2015: Dr. Arden G. Christen
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