FOCUS On Recovery Sets Record at 2018 Gala,
“An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery!”
Birmingham, AL, October 24, 2018 – On Thursday, October 18, FOCUS On Recovery hosted its largest annual fundraising event. This year, the gala was themed “An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery!” and included a silent auction featuring an array of original art works from various local artists as well as FOCUS residents.
Proceeds raised by the event surpassed last year, making this its most successful gala to date. Profits will go toward funding FOCUS On Recovery’s long-term transitional program for women in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.
This Gala was FOCUS On Recovery’s first evening event and replaced the nonprofit’s annual Spirit of Recovery Luncheon. Guests were treated to a remarkable evening hosted at Park Crest Event Facility. While being entertained by the sounds of Steel City Prophets, attendees strolled throughout the venue enjoying the works of art, dining at the numerous food stations (courtesy of renowned Chef Darryl Borden) and participating in several “interactive” art displays.
“The FOCUS Gala “An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery!” was extremely successful and certainly a night to remember.” says Jackie Batson, Focus On Recovery’s executive director. “We attribute much of our success to overwhelming community support, our dedicated sponsors and our active board members. I am certain next year will be even bigger and better”
Board Members: Doug McIntyre – President, Kenneth Northrup – Vice-President, Beverly H. Dixon – Secretary, Alyson Hood – Treasurer, John Anderson, Jeff Davis, Kerry D. Graves, Anna L. Hart, Deborah H. Hawkins, Greg Larkin, John Langlow III, M.D., Anne M. Schmidt, M.D., and Breanna Sexton
Valued Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, New Directions Behavioral Health, Fowler Davis, Protective Life, Lloyd & Hogan, Bradford Health Services, Medical Properties Trust, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Sirote and Permutt, and Triple R Metals
About FOCUS On Recovery
For over 15 years, FOCUS has served women in recovery from alcohol, drugs and other related behaviors by providing a safe, structured and sober living community. FOCUS utilizes a system that emphasizes trust, respect, confidentiality and compassion. They assist women through programs and supportive activities during the transitional period between primary treatment and lasting recovery.
FOCUS is located in Hoover, AL. For more information, please call 205.822.7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Office Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9am – 4pm, Fri: 9am – 12pm
FOCUS On Recovery to Host It’s First Art Gala
Birmingham, AL, October 9, 2018 – On Thursday, October 18, FOCUS On Recovery will host its largest annual fundraising event, “An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery!” The event will raise awareness and funding for FOCUS On Recovery’s long-term transitional program for women in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Proceeds from the evening will go directly toward funding the FOCUS Program.
This Gala will be FOCUS On Recovery’s first evening event and replaces the nonprofit’s annual Spirit of Recovery Luncheon. The affair will be held at Park Crest Event Facility, 2030 Little Valley Rd Hoover, AL and run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Guests are invited to mingle and enjoy delicious food by renowned Chef Darryl Borden. The Gala will offer entertainment including live music by Steel City Prophets, live art demonstrations, and a cash bar. The Gala will feature a large silent auction of over 60 items including original works from various local artists, golf outings, hotel and entertainment packages, and more. Attire is casual chic.
“The FOCUS Gala “An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery!” will only happen once a year and features original artwork created by FOCUS residents, as well as pieces by a variety of professional artists in the silent auction,” says Jackie Batson, Focus On Recovery’s executive director. “The event is a marvelous opportunity to acquire some unique artwork, as well as enjoy good company, music, and excellent hors d’oeuvres; all while supporting this life changing program.”
Sponsorships and tickets are available now; for more information or to make reservations, please call 205-822-7300, or visit my.focus-on-recovery.org/Gala.
Dear FOCUS friends and family,
It’s my privilege to share on a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I’m speaking of the issue of addiction and recovery. Obviously, my work is in this field, which allows me to experience more and more, every day about addiction, but it’s more than just my job. Addiction has touched multiple people in my family and changed my life. At one time, I was a helpless, codependent, caregiver, exhausted from trying to “fix” my loved ones and manage the struggle.
I know the same is true for many of you as well. First of all, I believe hope and healing are available for everyone and there are different paths to take, but our little niche in this world of recovery is a residential center for women in Birmingham, Alabama known as FOCUS On Recovery. Sober living facilities like FOCUS been proven to be a vital step in the recovery process after primary treatment from alcohol and substance abuse. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reports that up to 80 percent of those who go to opiate detox, relapse within a month if they don’t follow up with psychotherapeutic addiction treatment. Researchers have found that those who attend day treatment and live in a sober living facility were 10 times more likely to avoid relapse.
FOCUS serves 32 women at a time with our minimum six-month program that provides accountability and structure, while these women put their recovery first and rebuild their lives. It’s more than just temporary housing. Our programming provides multiple recovery specific groups, health and well-being classes, life skills, career readiness and many other activities. Women also build a network with other women in recovery, as they learn to live healthy, successful lives often for the first time.
We’ve all heard about the “Opioid Epidemic” in this country, but I personally think that it’s much worse than we realize. I don’t know many people who haven’t at least known someone affected by addiction. It’s a disease that does not discriminate. It can attack anyone at any socio-economic level and any profession. We can no longer use the stereotype of the strung-out, homeless drug addict. While homelessness is a very real and important issue, there are numerous well-funded organizations that serve this population, but we see people every day that were raised in good homes and had high paying professional jobs that don’t know where to turn. The relapse rate is staggering, as many return right back to the people, places and things that sent them into addiction to begin with. We have applications every week from women desperate for another chance at recovery.
I heard someone recently say, “Well, they just made a lot of bad choices.” It’s true that addiction can start with one bad choice, but more often than not these days, it’s from being legally prescribed medication for a routine surgery or accident that triggers a destructive cycle that some people cannot stop on their own.
I’ve heard countless stories of addiction wrecking lives and destroying families, and far too many of these stories don’t have happy endings, but I hope to see a day where no one else loses the battle with addiction.
We have to do what we can to tackle this problem. Many are involved in prevention, legislation, regulation, and the list goes on, but my very small role in this epidemic is to lead a tiny nonprofit that serves as many women as we can, in their struggle to maintain their sobriety and reclaim their lives and their purpose.
The real joy comes with the privilege of seeing all the success stories of women as they complete our program. These women actually look different. When they arrive at FOCUS they are exhausted and broken, angry and afraid, but at the end with a new lease on life, they are radiant. They are quite literally, more beautiful and exuberant. It’s a great example of a restored life and a reminder that it is actually possible!
I hope that none of you can relate to any of this, but I know that some of you can. It is my plea that a few of you would be willing to join me in some small way to help women become the daughters, wives, sisters, employees and leaders that they were called to be.
Our new campaign is called “Bright White”. It’s symbolic of a clean page to a new chapter that our residents are writing for themselves. I’ve included a link here that shows you what your donation can do. I would also encourage you, if you believe in our mission, to become a recurring monthly supporter. Over the course of a year, a $60 monthly gift adds up to a month’s worth of program fees for one resident. My goal is to find just 50 people willing to become recurring donors. This would enable us to make our budget and continue to provide these necessary programs.
You can donate as a gift, or in honor of someone, but please help us in this important work. We have served over 900 women over the years with only 2-4 fulltime staff members, so I know we can do more. We have an established program that works and numerous testimonies to prove it. Please check out our website to learn more and I hope you’ll consider supporting our fight to see all women freed from addiction.
As always, if you would like to know more about how to be involved with FOCUS through our various committees, volunteer options, or supporting us in any other way, just give me a call. Thank you for your time and consideration. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we strive to serve every woman ready to experience recovery that lasts a lifetime!
Jackie Batson, Executive Director