The first annual TRC Benefit Dinner was held February 18, 2014. Against the backdrop of the Capital dome filling the obser­vation window of the Oklahoma History Center, board President Ron Shirey welcomed about 250 dinner guests.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Ed Shadid, discussed historical origins of attitudes toward addiction, anonymity, and treatment. He was inspirational regarding the need for more availability of treatment (especially long-term), and for treating addiction/ alcoholism as a medical disease, rather than with punitive meas­ures and isolation.

CEO Don Burk shared a brief history of TRC’s beginnings and its presence in today’s struggle to save lives from the devastation of chemical dependency. He pas­sionately described TRC’s dedi­cated medical personnel and the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ed Shadid.

Don concluded with a compelling response to our community’s need- TRC 2; and his vision of the 44 bed, 27,000 square-foot facility envisioned at 1 st and McKinley with Oklahoma’s support.

Other participating board mem­bers included the longest serving member, Lea Jensen and Treas­urer Garyl Geist. Lea voiced a heartfelt testimonial on behalf of the many addicts and alcoholics who have been steered toward recovery at TRC over the past 30 years. Garyl eloquently urged the audience to be generous and become involved. “Together we can make a difference”.

The event was enjoyable and was positively received by the atten­dees, many of whom voiced en­thusiasm and surprise for the current dynamic scope of activi­ties at TRC, as well as the deter­mination to better meet our needs and challenges.