Stars shining bright
Nonprofit that means the most to the Fort Worth mayor hosts intimate fundraiser for those in need
What: 34th Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event benefiting Recovery Resource Council
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The 411: Like many nonprofit fundraisers, the annual Recovery Resource Council fundraising event has evolved in recent years, from a big hotel luncheon to a more intimate afternoon reception and program.
The 2022 edition, held April 21, carried on the organization's tradition of presenting a celebrity speaker to talk about their struggles and triumphs over alcohol and substance misuse. This year it was former Arizona Cardinals football player Jason Starkey.
About 150 attendees joined the event live or virtually. Those who gathered live enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction before sitting down for the presentation.
On stage, event chair Shauna Jenkins and NBC Texas Today co-host Kristin Dickerson welcomed attendees, and Recovery Resource Council CEO Eric Niedermayer shared new findings about how alcoholism and drug addiction are impacting North Texas. He underscored the organization's mission to support those seeking recovery.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, who served as honorary chair of the event, told the audience, “It's really awesome when you get to be mayor and you get to use your bully pulpit for good. Believe me, there are no shortage of nonprofit events I get invited to go to, but I can promise you there is not one organization in this city that means more to me than Recovery Resource Council, and I can say that from the bottom of my heart.”
Starkey shared with the crowd his journey into addiction and recovery, thanks to the support of his wife, family, and friends. Now more than 15 years sober, Starkey travels to colleges and treatment programs sharing his story and inspiring others.
Once all the receipts are tallied, proceeds from the event will benefit the Recovery Resource Council's mission to further prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of those struggling with alcohol, substance misuse, and trauma.
Who: Robin Bagwell, Quida Bradshaw, Nolan Bagwell, Bill Pickler, Peter Fleisher, Laura Rodriguez, Terry Pickler, Butch Clemmons, Dr. Greg Phillips, Rosa Bederja, Maureen Maidlow, Joel Lagrone, Vicki Niedermayer, Bill Harrison, and Linda Harrison.