On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, CARE Dallas hosted their 33rd Annual CARE Breakfast at the Dallas Country Club. Featured guests Mackenzie Phillips and Brad Lamm spoke to the 380 guests about their personal stories of addiction and recovery, and how they view the intervention process. Brad Lamm is the founder of Breathe Life Healing Center in California and is a well known speaker and author who has produced programs on addiction for Oprah and Dr. Oz. Mackenzie Phillps, while best known as an actress with roles in American Graffiti and One Day at a Time, is currently an addiction counselor at Breath Life.
During the CARE Breakfast Brad interviewed Mackenzie, asking her questions about her own struggles with addiction and how she has lived in recovery. Emphasizing the need for community involvement during any recovery process, Brad encouraged attendees to always “look for the yes” - a yes that will be the first step in the treatment of addiction and substance use disorders. The 2017 Margaret Sharpe Award Honoree was Charles Carneal, a long-time CARE volunteer who has spent many hours leading educational classes for teenagers and helping the CARE staff in any way that is needed. The 2017 Community Partner Honoree was JD’s Chippery, a Dallas bakery who has supported CARE with a loose change jar for more than a decade.
This year’s CARE Breakfast was presented by Bank of Texas and the event was opened by Robert White, Executive Vice President for Bank of Texas. Altogether, the event raised over $170,000 for CARE programming and services. The Annual CARE Breakfast supports CARE’s mission to respond to the increasing concerns and challenges associated with alcohol and drug abuse in our community. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we can provide the resources the Dallas community needs to face addiction and navigate the process of recovery.
CARE is a valuable community organization that provides education classes for families struggling with substance use disorders; provides speakers for students, parents and educators in Dallas; and serves as a no cost, confidential referral resource for anyone who needs help with alcohol or drug addiction. CARE serves more than 20,000 families each year through its programs and services.