An injured survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, and the founding Alcoholics Anonymous document are all part of Fairbanks Treatment and Recovery Center’s 2019 Circle of Hope Dinner April 18 at The Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington St.
The annual fundraising event is held each spring to raise awareness about alcohol and drug addiction. The event is also a celebration of hope featuring faces and voices of those in recovery.
Proceeds support the Fairbanks Patient Assistance Fund for those in recovery who are uninsured or under-insured. In its last fiscal year, the nonprofit organization devoted nearly 10% of its operating revenue – approximately $2 million – for patients who couldn’t afford treatment.
Austin Eubanks is this year’s keynote speaker. He was injured in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, an experience that led him through a painful journey of addiction and recovery. Eubanks is now a nationally-recognized speaker and expert on addiction treatment and behavioral health.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award is presented to an individual or organization making outstanding contributions to the field of addiction. This year’s recipient is Gov. Holcomb.
The event also features “voices of recovery,” individuals who struggled with substance-use disorders and are now living in long-term recovery with help from Fairbanks, Hope Academy and La Verna Lodge, an extended residential treatment program provided by Fairbanks.
New for the 2019 Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner will be a rare public display of the Alcoholics Anonymous founding document, courtesy of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Visit www.fairbankscircleofhope.com for more information and to buy tickets or sponsorships.