IRM Gratitude Gala: A Night of Giggles, Gratitude and Giving

In Recovery Magazine’s Annual Gratitude Gala, held November 14th, was a smashing success. In addition to surprise donations to six non-profit organizations, the annual fundraiser provided the hard-working people in our recovery community a chance to dress up.

2014 Gala

In Recovery Magazine staff and Mark Lundholm (center)

This year’s entertainment was provided by the world-renowned sober comedian, Mark Lundholm. A recovering addict and trauma survivor himself, Mark kept the sold-out audience of over 300 in stitches as he explored the lighter side of addiction.

In Recovery magazine and Mark Lundholm (right)

In Recovery Magazine CEO/Publisher Kim Welsh, her brother Keith and Mark Lundholm (right)

The evening was an opportunity for In Recovery Magazine to give back to the recovery community which has so generously support the magazine. Kim Welsh, publisher of In Recovery Magazine, awarded six $1000 scholarships to various non-profit organizations. These organizations epitomize the spirit of our magazine and selflessly give back to their communities, while demonstrating a deep gratitude for the gift of recovery.

The first scholarship of the evening was presented to Last Chance Intervention’s owner, Clint Richards. This agency’s sole mission is “Bounty hunting the homeless.” LCI staff and volunteers visit skid rows across the country looking for addicts and alcoholics desperate for a new way of life. Once a candidate is identified, LCI guides the prospect through the treatment continuum, beginning with detox.

Clint Richards, owner, Last Chance Intervention

Clint Richards, owner, Last Chance Intervention

Other recipients included: Stepping Stones, a domestic violence shelter for women; Steps to Recovery, a non-profit sober living home; West Yavapai Guidance Center’s Hillside Alumni Program, a low-income addiction treatment center; Deva Healing Center, a holistic community-based center dedicated to helping women and girls achieve their best through the practice of yoga, the outdoors and other activities; The John Percin Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund established by Chapter 5 to provide financial assistance to individuals seeking treatment. The fund honors fallen Hotshot and Chapter 5 alum, John Percin.

Robert Morse, CEO, and his wife Karen, of Chapter 5

Robert Morse, CEO, and his wife Karen, of Chapter 5

Thanks to all who made our first annual Gratitude Gala a success. Don’t miss other upcoming In Recovery Magazine events. Tickets for our December 2015 sober cruise with special guest Mark Lundholm are going fast!

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