NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter to Speak at Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner

Former Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Cris Carter will be the keynote speaker at the thirteenth annual Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Hosting the event as emcee and honorary chairman is Tom Griswold, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The prestigious Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award will be presented to William T. “Rusty” McKay II, community leader and recovery advocate.

The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner raises awareness in the community about alcohol and drug addiction while honoring an individual or organization for outstanding contributions related to research, education or treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Proceeds from the event support the programs and services at Fairbanks and Hope Academy.

This year’s award recipient, Rusty McKay is a highly respected Indianapolis businessman, community volunteer and recovery advocate. At Fairbanks, Rusty is known for his leadership on the board of directors and service work with individuals and families participating in Fairbanks programming. He is committed to sharing his experience, strength and hope in order to help others. Rusty has played a significant role in many key initiatives for Fairbanks over the last 15 years including; the hiring of former president and CEO Helene Cross, Fairbanks becoming a United Way agency, the development and implementation of Hope Academy and fundraising for a successful $6.7 million capital campaign to build the Fairbanks Recovery Center.

The keynote speaker, Cris Carter is one of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history. On September 19, 1990 the Vikings team counselor challenged Carter to go one week without drinking alcohol. He knew if he made it through that week he would survive and become who he really wanted to be. Not only did he survive – he changed his lifestyle to focus on his recovery. Carter 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. Following his 2002 retirement he joined HBO’s "Inside the NFL" as a weekly commentator and ESPN as a sports analyst.

The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner will begin at 6pm with a reception and dinner served at 7pm. For information about tickets and the event visit www.fairbankscd.org/coh.