Congratulations to Earl Hightower (Hightower Intervention Services, Studio City, CA), Joe Powell (APAA, Dallas, TX) and Art Zwerling (Anesthetists in Recovery, Elkins Park, PA) who received the the Vernon Johnson award and the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) who received the Joel Hernandez award at the 2010 America Honors Recovery reception on July 28, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Faces & Voices of Recovery and the Hazelden Center for Public Advocacy were joined by 150 national, state, and local community leaders and allies in honoring and celebrating these influential individuals and organizations for their contributions to recovery. You can view pictures here.
The evening’s program featured Johnny Allem, former president of the Johnson Institute, who remembered the legacy of Vernon Johnson and then introduced Libby O’Connell, A&E Network’s Vice President of Corporate Outreach, who presented the Vernon Johnson awards. John de Miranda, a Faces & Voices of Recovery board member, remembered his friendship with Joel Hernandez and presented the Joel Hernandez award. Faces & Voices of Recovery’s outgoing board chair. Carol McDaid, introduced the Honorable Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and presented him with the America Honors Recovery Legacy award for his outstanding contributions to the recovery movement.
Faces & Voices of Recovery would like to extend a special thank you to our Event Sponsors for their generous support and thank our Host Committee for their help in putting together a memorable event.
For the first time in what will hopefully become a tradition for all Joel Hernandez award recipients, APAA is having a celebration on Wednesday, August 25 th in their hometown of Dallas, Texas to honor Joe Powell and the accomplishments of APAA over the last 12 years.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients and to each of you for your support and the significant contributions you make to the recovery advocacy movement!