Songwriter shares his journey through addiction in an inspiring afternoon of fellowship
(Featured photo: Judy Hubbard and Ray Wylie Hubbard.)
The 33rd Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event featuring the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard took place at Artspace111 in Fort Worth, with hundreds more watching the program virtually. A longtime cult figure among fans of outlaw country, Hubbard is a singer/songwriter specializing in hard-edged character studies and rough-hewn, compassionate meditations on life and relationships.
Upon entering the venue, guests browsed the silent auction items while enjoying a stripped-down performance from local musician, Rachel Stacy. Once inside the reception hall, Event Chair Shauna Jenkins, welcomed attendees and brought Recovery Resource Council CEO, Eric Niedermayer and Board of Directors Chairwoman, Maureen Maidlow to the stage to share new findings about how alcoholism and drug addiction are impacting our North Texas community. They talked about the many ways the Council is supporting those seeking recovery and the programs in place to those seeking a life in recovery the tools to do so.
Robin Bagwell, daughter of the late Jim Bradshaw (for whom this event is named) thanked those in attendance for their support and encouraged those watching virtually to continue to bid generously on auction items. Rachel Stacy took to the stage to share her personal connection to Hubbard, who encouraged her to seek sobriety nine years ago, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when the two of them hugged onstage in celebration of their shared journey in recovery. Hubbard had the audience chuckling with his many anecdotes and stories. He generously shared many nuggets of wisdom acquired over the many years of his personal recovery journey that touched everyone in the room and those watching at home. It was an exciting surprise, when Hubbard treated guests to a song and closed the show by singing “The Messenger.”
Since its inception, the annual Stars in Recovery Luncheon has featured well-known and beloved celebrities speaking publicly about their struggles and triumphs over alcohol, substance misuse and mental health issues. Due to restrictions, this year’s Stars event was offered both live and virtually. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Recovery Resource Council, North Texas’ largest non-residential non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of thousands of individuals and families struggling with alcohol, substance misuse and trauma.
About Recovery Resource Council
The Council is celebrating 75 years of service to North Texas in 2021 as the gateway to health and wellness for individuals and families seeking help with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Started in 1946 by members of Alcoholics Anonymous in Tarrant County to provide a link to State-funded treatment services for youth and adults, the Council’s footprint has grown to 20 North Texas counties. As a licensed Texas Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Site and Joint Commission Accredited agency, they embrace a continuum of care that includes prevention, education, counseling, treatment, and support services rooted in the principles of trauma-informed care and designed to identify and build upon the strengths and resilience of each individual. To learn more visit https://recoverycouncil.org/