The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner is held each spring to raise awareness in our community about alcohol and drug addiction. The event is also a celebration of hope featuring faces and voices of those in recovery. 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.
If you are interested in sponsoring Circle of Hope or Taste of Hope, benefiting Fairbanks and Hope Academy respectively, or if you are interested in a combined sponsorship for both events, please contact Yvonne Matlock or call 317-572-9384.
2019 Circle of Hope
7-9 p.m. April 18
The Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington St. (map)
2019 Keynote Speaker: Pat O’Brien
A former sportscaster with CBS and NBC as well as anchor and host of Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the Insider, Pat O’Brien had a very public downfall from alcohol abuse. Now more than seven years sober, he’s counseled many who are dealing with substance use disorder.
2019 Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award Recipient: Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb
Eric Holcomb is the 51st Governor of Indiana. A lifelong Hoosier, Gov. Holcomb is a veteran of the United States Navy, served as the state’s 51st Lt. Governor, was a trusted advisor to both Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Dan Coats, and was a former state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He was elected governor in November 2016, following an unprecedented 106-day campaign and was sworn in on Jan. 9, 2017.
2019 Emcee: Joe Staysniak
Joe Staysniak played seven seasons in the National Football League, including in two Super Bowls and three AFC championship games. An academic all-American and team captain at Ohio State University, he’s been on the radio for over 25 years now with Emmis Communications-owned stations WIBC and 107.5/1070 The Fan. Staysniak is a Brownsburg resident. Married to his wife Pam for 26 years, they have two sons.
The 2019 Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner will also have the founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous on display. The document was purchased at an auction last year by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Learn more about the manuscript here.
2018 Keynote Speaker: Ryan Leaf
Before working with Transcend Recovery Community, Ryan Leaf was one of the most promising collegiate football players of his time, rivaling Peyton Manning for the Heisman trophy. In 1998 he was the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft behind Manning. Leaf now travels across the United States speaking to communities about his story of recovery.
2018 Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award Recipient: Leah Mannweiler
A partner with Krieg DeVault LLP, Leah Mannweiler’s legal concentrations include health care, human services, and government relations. In addition to her involvement with Fairbanks through her law firm, Ms. Mannweiler has a strong personal commitment to Fairbanks. When one of her children had a substance abuse problem as a teenager, she turned to Fairbanks for help; his journey to recovery resulted in Ms. Mannweiler developing a close bond with many of the Fairbanks professionals. She is fully committed to Fairbanks, not only because of the help provided to her son, but for the assistance provided to her whole family.