Annual Circle of Hope Award Dinner

SPECIAL NOTE: The Circle of Hope Dinner scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2020, has been moved to April 2021.

The Circle of Hope will still be held at the downtown Westin, 241 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis. Elizabeth Vargas will be our keynote speaker. Fairbanks will honor Jim McClelland with its Circle of Hope Award.

The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner is held each year 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 the Fairbanks Patient Assistance Fund.

Presented by Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor, A&E Investigates and Award-winning Longtime Anchor, ABC News

Elizabeth Vargas

Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews. She is the host of A+E Investigates. She most recently co-hosted the hit newsmagazine show 20/20, and previously served as co-anchor of World News Tonight, anchor of World News Tonight Sunday, news anchor and frequent co-host on Good Morning America, correspondent for 20/20 and Primetime Thursday, and was the co-anchor of Primetime Monday.

In 2016, Vargas released her memoir, Between Breaths: A memoir of Panic and Addiction. The book details her struggles with anxiety and alcohol, and tells a powerful story of healing and coping.

Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award Honoree: Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana

Be part of Fairbanks’ 75th anniversary year by by supporting the Circle of Hope dinner!

Purchase tickets, tables, and sponsorships here.

Questions? Please contact Yvonne Matlock or call 317-572-9384.


Sponsored by Community Health Network 










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.

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