(Featured photo: Rush Waghorne, Angie Waghorne, Dessert and Disco chairs; Abby Waghorne, Carolyn Waghorne, 50 for 50 co-chair; Rick Waghorne)*
Nexus Recovery Center’s Disco & Dessert was an evening of celebration, tribute and fellowship. Founded in 1971, the Dallas-based nonprofit celebrated 50 years of community service, specializing in substance use disorder treatments for adult women (including mothers and women with children).
The Joule was a happening scene as the evening began with an invitation-only Honorary Reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary 50 For 50 donors and sponsors in a private gathering chaired by Jan Madigan, long time Nexus board member and donor and Carolyn Waghorne, beloved volunteer, Auxiliary member and supporter of Nexus’ vision. Guests fully embraced the theme, outfitted in boogie attire including gold sequins, platform shoes and ‘70s inspired fashions. Smiles were all around as everyone enjoyed catching up, since it had been nearly two years since they had gathered together.
Heather Ormand, Nexus CEO, welcomed the crowd saying she was grateful to see the board of directors, long-time supporters and new friends. After giving heartfelt thanks to the reception chairs, she thanked the 50th Anniversary donors who gave major gifts to celebrate this milestone anniversary and support Nexus’ future.
Following an inspiring video featuring profound stories and testimonies from Nexus clients and supporters, board chair, Karen Rogers, took the podium for a very special presentation honoring Becca Crowell, former CEO, who had just retired after serving 30 years in that capacity. Karen spoke of the nonprofit’s humble beginnings and said through Becca’s accomplishments, steadfast guidance and vision, she had made great strides in service to the women and children she helped over the years, influencing many lives. In honor of her achievements, Nexus has created the Becca Crowell Planned Giving Society.
Becca accepted the award from the board and donors, saying she wanted to make a place where women can seek sobriety and safety. After a wholehearted round of applause, Heather encouraged everyone to enjoy the fellowship and celebration of the evening, remembering there is a joy and hope and sobriety as the success of every woman and child that Nexus has served over the past 50 years is celebrated this evening.
Strolling to the adjacent ballroom, guests enjoyed delectable desserts, cocktail and mocktail libations and dancing to the renowned Emerald City Band for an evening full of funky town tunes and disco fever, chaired by longtime supporters Angie and Rush Waghorne.
“We are thrilled to chair this exciting new event,” Angie said. “We’ve supported Nexus Recovery Center for years. The mission is important to us, and we want to spread the word in any capacity we can. All of the staff and volunteers embody the mission in every aspect, and we’re delighted to help in every way possible.”
Sponsors and underwriters included these levels: Foxy: Anonymous; Groovy: Shelly and Pete Egbert, Carlton Industries, Ltd., Kristy and Raymond Faus; Boogie: Mary Henderson, Jennifer and Billy Murray, Bank of Texas, Lockton; Nifty: Stephanie and William Barksdale, Becca Crowell, Lisa and Lynn Davis, Clint Hennen, Laura Jeffers, Jessica Jones, Patty and Ken Kroviak, Joseph Loretto, Erin and Beau Stephenson, Colbie Brazell Campbell, Slates Harwell, Holmes Murphy, McCarthy, Mercer Advisors, RDS Door and Windows, RHSB, s|three, W.I.S. and In Kind: nealejones.com.
Be sure to check the website for more information about Nexus Recovery Center and how you can support Holidays at Nexus at www.nexusrecovery.org.
Founded in 1971 and based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that treats the whole woman by offering an array of comprehensive services, including specialized substance use disorder treatment services, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to restore health and encourage resilience – regardless of a woman’s ability to pay.
Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, it is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and also allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Serving solely women on their journey to recovery, Nexus’ mission is to create a safe space for its clients and serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families. Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of women through the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together, Nexus Recovery Center changes families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. For more information, visit www.nexusrecovery.org.
*Photos by Shana Anderson.
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Nexus Recovery Center and the Auxiliary and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)