Notes on Hope

Strength and faith underline uplifting annual Dallas luncheon

Strength and faith underline uplifting annual Dallas luncheon

Janina Solomon, Sarah Brown
Janina Solomon, Sarah Brown Photo by Dana Driensky
Kelli Colbert, Ellis Ozley
Kelli Colbert, Ellis Ozley Photo by Dana Driensky
Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott Photo by Dana Driensky
Lindsey Billingsley
Lindsey Billingsley Photo by Dana Driensky
Taylor Valdez, Frankie Valdez
Taylor Valdez, Frankie Valdez Photo by Chris Waits
Anika Cooper, Lauren Gillette, Stacey Burns
Anika Cooper, Lauren Gillette, Stacey Burns Photo by Chris Waits
Angie Waghorne, Rush Waghorne
Angie Waghorne, Rush Waghorne Photo by Chris Waits
Chris Ozley, Becca Crowell, Carolyn Waghorne, Rick Waghorne
Chris Ozley, Becca Crowell, Carolyn Waghorne, Rick Waghorne Photo by Dana Driensky
Mary Anne Wyly, Kim Wyly, McCary Gillbert
Mary Anne Wyly, Kim Wyly, McCary Gillbert Photo by Dana Driensky
Patty Rooney, Karen Luter
Patty Rooney, Karen Luter Photo by Dana Driensky
Cai Glackin, Robin Glackin
Cai Glackin, Robin Glackin Photo by Dana Driensky
Gaile Cook, Lynne Sheldon, Toni Brinker
Gaile Cook, Lynne Sheldon, Toni Brinker Photo by Chris Waits
Alicia Peoples, Leslie Smith
Alicia Peoples, Leslie Smith Photo by Chris Waits
Barbara Nesbitt, Robin Bagwell, Mary Lou Fleming
Barbara Nesbitt, Robin Bagwell, Mary Lou Fleming Photo by Chris Waits
Janina Solomon, Sarah Brown
Kelli Colbert, Ellis Ozley
Anne Lamott
Lindsey Billingsley
Taylor Valdez, Frankie Valdez
Anika Cooper, Lauren Gillette, Stacey Burns
Angie Waghorne, Rush Waghorne
Chris Ozley, Becca Crowell, Carolyn Waghorne, Rick Waghorne
Mary Anne Wyly, Kim Wyly, McCary Gillbert
Patty Rooney, Karen Luter
Cai Glackin, Robin Glackin
Gaile Cook, Lynne Sheldon, Toni Brinker
Alicia Peoples, Leslie Smith
Barbara Nesbitt, Robin Bagwell, Mary Lou Fleming

You could have heard a pin drop as bestselling novelist and essayist Anne Lamott shared her experiences with the captivated crowd at the Hyatt Regency Dallas during the recent Nexus Recovery Center spring luncheon.

Lamott — who is the author of seven novels, several bestselling nonfiction books, and numerous collections of autobiographical essays — led a forthright conversation about her own experiences with addiction and recovery, serving as inspiration for the group.

But before the illuminating talk, luncheon chair Chris Ozley and Nexus executive director Rebecca Crowell welcomed the crowd with a brief history of the Women's Auxiliary, which is celebrating its 23rd year and has raised over $3.5 million to date.

Janina Solomon, Women's Auxiliary of Nexus president, then took the podium and declared, "I am living proof that recovery works," stating that she has been sober for 13 years. Former luncheon chair Lindsay Billingsly joined to run the live auction and raffle before a former Nexus client named Lisa gave an earnest and profound testimony of how crucial the nonprofit is to the women of Dallas.

The comprehensive Nexus program includes prevention and intervention, detoxification, residential recovery treatment, early childhood and high school education onsite, after-school and summer programs for school-aged children, life and parenting skills training, outpatient care, and alumni programs.

Honorary chairs Carolyn and Rick Waghorne announced that the day's luncheon also featured a wonderful milestone: the first teen client in recovery at Nexus had graduated from high school.

In 2018, Nexus Recovery Center served 1,969 women and teens and 341 children, including 64 Nexus-born babies. Membership in the Women's Auxiliary is open to the public, and members work to stimulate public awareness and help in the financial support of Nexus' services and projects.