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.