First Fundraiser

Inaugural benefit raises crucial funds for Nexus Recovery Center

Inaugural benefit raises crucial funds for Nexus Recovery Center

Robert Weatherly, Chef Janice Provost, Karen Luter
Robert Weatherly, Janice Provost, Karen Luter Photo by Bob Manzano
Xochitl Reyes, Erica Thomason
Xochitl Reyes, Erica Thomason Photo by Bob Manzano
Sue Alford Loncar, Honorary Chair; David Long, Jennifer Davis Long
Sue Alford Loncar, David Long, Jennifer Davis Long Photo by Bob Manzano
Father Tom Hotchkiss, Karen Luter
Father Tom Hotchkiss, Karen Luter Photo by Bob Manzano
Lauren Slade, Morgan Craven, Ashley Tatum
Lauren Slade, Morgan Craven, Ashley Tatum Photo by Bob Manzano
Alicia Peoples, Jane McGarry
Alicia Peoples, Jane McGarry Photo by Bob Manzano
Janet Franks LaBarba, co-chair; Matt Price
Janet Franks LaBarba, Matt Price Photo by Bob Manzano
Kevin Crayton, Board President; Yolanda Crayton
Kevin Crayton, Yolanda Crayton Photo by Bob Manzano
Shane Walker, Billy Fullmer
Shane Walker, Billy Fullmer Photo by Bob Manzano
Tia Wynne, Bedford Shelmire Wynne, Jr., Honorary Chair
Tia Wynne, Bedford Shelmire Wynne, Jr. Photo by Bob Manzano
Robert Weatherly, Chef Janice Provost, Karen Luter
Xochitl Reyes, Erica Thomason
Sue Alford Loncar, Honorary Chair; David Long, Jennifer Davis Long
Father Tom Hotchkiss, Karen Luter
Lauren Slade, Morgan Craven, Ashley Tatum
Alicia Peoples, Jane McGarry
Janet Franks LaBarba, co-chair; Matt Price
Kevin Crayton, Board President; Yolanda Crayton
Shane Walker, Billy Fullmer
Tia Wynne, Bedford Shelmire Wynne, Jr., Honorary Chair

What: A Night for Nexus

Where: Old Parkland Pecan Room

The 411: More than 115 guests joined co-chairs Janet Franks LaBarba and Jennifer Davis Long for the inaugural A Night for Nexus fundraising event, presented by the Preston Center Rotary Club. The evening included drinks, dinner, the Downtown Fever Band, and emotional testimony about the impact of the organization from Sue Alford Loncar, Shelmire Wynne, Jr., and Jennifer Arthur. TV personality Jane McGarry served as emcee.

The evening concluded with a rowdy live auction that including vacations, clothing, and a special culinary package featuring Parigi chef and owner Janice Provost. More than $72,000 was raised for Nexus Recovery Center to aid in its mission of serving as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction.

In 2016, Nexus served 2,310 women and teens and 333 children, including 62 Nexus born babies.

Who: Robin Bagwell, Mary and Weldon Davis, Lauren Slade, Morgan Craven, Ashley Tatum, Father Tom Hotchkiss, Karen LuterXochitl Reyes, Erica Thomason, Alicia Peoples, Shane Walker, Billy Fullmer, Jonna LaGrone-HaynesDavid Quinones, Tia Wynne, Robert Weatherly, and Kevin Crayton.