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Basketball junkie inspires Dallas to care at 30th annual fundraising breakfast

Basketball junkie inspires Dallas to care at 30th annual breakfast

Terry Bentley Hill, Pam Murray, Chris Herren, Shirley Cohn and CARE Board Chairman Jan Osborn
Terry Bentley Hill, Pam Murray, Chris Herren, Shirley Cohn, Jan Osborn Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Jim and Leslie Melson, Honorary Co-­‐Chairs Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, Care Breakfast
Jim Melson, Leslie Melson, Ellen Kershaw, Clayton Kershaw Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Shirley Cohn, Scott and Shelby Dabney and Natalie McGuire, Care Breakfast
Shirley Cohn, Scott Dabney, Shelby Dabney, Natalie McGuire Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Katherine Thompson, Peyton Ward, Sydney Smith and Gabby Crank, CARE Breakfast
Katherine Thompson, Peyton Ward, Sydney Smith, Gabby Crank Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Debby Jett Allbright and Sue Blackwell, CARE Breakfast
Debby Jett Allbright, Sue Blackwell Photo by Rhiannon Lee
care breakfast, chris herren
Chris Herren Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Terry Bentley Hill, Kadie Hill, Beth Bradshaw and Peyton Blackwell, Care Breakfast
Terry Bentley Hill, Kadie Hill, Beth Bradshaw, Peyton Blackwell Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Lee Ann White and CARE Board Chairman Jan Osborn, CARE Breakfast
Lee Ann White, Jan Osborn Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Carol Yartym, Amy Olsen, Amal Rhoe, CARE Breakfast
Carol Yartym, Amy Olsen, Amal Rhoe Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Christina Harper and Doug and Debbie Knauss, CARE Breakfast
Christina Harper, Doug Knauss, Debbie Knauss Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Grace Restrepo, Meghan McCollum and Lainey Gonzales, CARE Breakfast
Grace Restrepo, Meghan McCollum, Larry Gonzales Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Terry Bentley Hill, Pam Murray, Chris Herren, Shirley Cohn and CARE Board Chairman Jan Osborn
Jim and Leslie Melson, Honorary Co-­‐Chairs Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, Care Breakfast
Shirley Cohn, Scott and Shelby Dabney and Natalie McGuire, Care Breakfast
Katherine Thompson, Peyton Ward, Sydney Smith and Gabby Crank, CARE Breakfast
Debby Jett Allbright and Sue Blackwell, CARE Breakfast
care breakfast, chris herren
Terry Bentley Hill, Kadie Hill, Beth Bradshaw and Peyton Blackwell, Care Breakfast
Lee Ann White and CARE Board Chairman Jan Osborn, CARE Breakfast
Carol Yartym, Amy Olsen, Amal Rhoe, CARE Breakfast
Christina Harper and Doug and Debbie Knauss, CARE Breakfast
Grace Restrepo, Meghan McCollum and Lainey Gonzales, CARE Breakfast

More than 550 charitable Dallasites started their day at the Omni Dallas hotel to catch candid commentary from former Boston Celtics basketball player Chris Herren, guest speaker at the 30th annual CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources & Education) Breakfast.

The morning began with a warm welcome from CARE executive director Pam Murray, followed by a video featuring people who are now sober thanks to the organization. After the video, board chairman Jan Osborn announced the recipient of the Margaret Sharpe Community Service Award, Terry Boyd.

Emcee Terry Bentley Hill then introduced Herren, who struggled with substance abuse during much of his basketball career, which he details in his 2011 memoir titled Basketball Junkie. He talked about the power substance abuse had over his life and how he has since taken that power back: Herren is now six years sober.

After his inspiring speech, Herren stuck around to snap photos with guests, including chair Shirley Cohn, honorary co-chairs Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, Robin Bagwell, Debby Jett Allbright, Sue Blackwell, Leslie and Jim Melson, Carol Yartym, Amy Olsen, and Amal Rhoe.

The event raised $220,000, which helps to fund several of CARE’s programs and allows the organization to continue to inform the community of the risks of drug and alcohol use and abuse and to provide referrals to anyone struggling with addiction.