One Week Away From Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner

Communications specialist, health policy advocate and award-winning documentary filmmaker Greg Williams will be the keynote speaker at the fourteenth annual Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Husband and wife team, Tony Lamont and Cathy Holloway Hill will serve as emcees. The prestigious Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award will be presented to Dr. Arden G. Christen, professor emeritus at the IU School of Dentistry and consultant for the IU Nicotine Dependence Program at Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner raises awareness 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, La Verna Lodge and Hope Academy.

This year’s award recipient, Dr. Arden Christen, was a trailblazer in making oral health a focal point in the battle against tobacco use. Over the last 45 years, he has worked diligently to promote smoking cessation throughout the state and nationally. In 2004, Dr. Christen developed the Indiana University Nicotine Dependence Program at Fairbanks to provide resources to help people achieve their goals of becoming tobacco free. Nationally, he has served as a tobacco cessation expert to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and the Veteran’s Administration. We will recognize Dr. Christen for his contributions to research, education and efforts related to tobacco cessation.

The keynote speaker, Greg Williams, is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and for the past six years 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 film highlights the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery and exposes the social stigma and discrimination that has kept voices of recovery silent for decades.

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