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.