|Title:||Faces & Voices of Recovery Dinner & Gala|
|Date:||Thursday, January 24|
|Time:||6:30 PM – 9:00 PM|
Everyone is welcome to register for this event
Enjoy an evening of inspiration and entertainment at the Dinner & Gala hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery. Join master of ceremonies Kristina Wandzilak, an interventionist, author, and television expert while listening to a musical performance by singer, songwriter, and activist, Elizabeth Edwards followed by a performance by comedian and recovery advocate, Mark Lundholm.
This fundraising dinner supports the launch of the California Recovery Ambassadors Initiative empowering vocal and visible recovery advocates across California. The cost for this event is $100 and is open to everyone. You do not need to attend the main conference to attend this event.
Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the event will begin at 6:30 PM.
To register for this event only – Click the button below and choose Individual Courses, Meetings & Special Events Only from the list. You’ll find the option for the Dinner and Gala at the top of the first registration page where you enter your name. Simply check that box and complete your registration to sign up for this event.
To register for this event as well as the EVOLUTION conference – Click the button below and choose Regular Attendee from the list. If you’re purchasing 3 or more EVOLUTION conference registrations at once, you may choose Group Registration instead. You’ll find the option for the Dinner and Gala at the top of the first registration page where you enter your name. Simply check that box and complete your registration to sign up for this event.
Kristina Wandzilak, CAS, CIP
Kristina Wandzilak, CAS, CIP, founder and president of Full Circle Intervention and Full Circle sober living communities, has been a leader in the addictions industry since 1995. Kristina is highly respected and renowned for her compassionate and effective intervention and treatment work. She is credited with helping thousands of addicts and their families through her work as an international interventionist, author and television expert. In recovery herself since 1993, Kristina brings a very personal understanding of addiction to her profession. Kristina is featured on the ground-breaking series Codependent on LMN following her intervention work with addicted couples. She is also the expert documentary reality show, Addicted, which premiered on TLC. Addicted went on to win the prestigious Prism award for the most accurate depiction of substance dependence.
Kristina can often be seen on Good Morning America, as their regular addiction specialist, commenting on addiction issues for the national media.
In hopes of reducing the shame and stigma of addiction Kristina coauthored with her mother, a critically acclaimed addiction memoir The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s worst Nightmare. The Lost Years is a brutally honest and gritty story of Kristina’s dramatic decent into addiction and her mother’s desperate attempt to save her. Told from the parallel perspectives of mother and daughter, it is a moving account of one families journey into addiction and their triumphant recovery. She and her mother Constance Curry travel nationally for speaking events in hopes to shed light on the disease of addiction and the offer hope for family recovery.
From the mean streets of Oakland, California, to stages, theaters, prisons, arenas all over the world…former convict and recovering homeless drug addict Mark Lundholm has entertained, U.S. Presidents, CEO’s, inmates, families, students, inpatients, physicians and healers of all kinds all over the world. In 10 foreign countries and all 50 states, Mark’s very unique style of heart, hope and healing is the core message of every keynote, comedy show and corporate workshop he delivers. Lightning fast and straight to the point of it all, no one does what he does the way he does it.
Creator of the Clinical/Comical Process Group Day for treatment centers, Mark works with primary clients, families, IOP patients and adolescent populations. Issues and answers addressing shame reduction, relapse prevention, 12 step tools, co-occurring disorders, shortcuts to reintegration and to lowering ATA rates and improving client extensions and referrals are only a few of the topics tackled during a 6 hour day of original programming.
Elizabeth Edwards is known for her graceful style and her rich vocals, but it is her songwriting that has garnered her a loyal fan base. Her music is especially appreciated by those in recovery from substance use disorders because of her powerful recovery message in songs like “Power to Change,” “Where Did Beautiful Go,” “Surrender to Win,” and “Clean.” She, along with her co-writer and record producer Rick Barretta wrote a song for the cause titled “You’ll Always be my Hero.”
Edwards writes, “As a person in long term recovery from addiction, I am interested in support, solutions, treatment and education on this and related topics. My support of treatment and education initiatives should not be misinterpreted as being ‘against’ any one group or industry. Instead, it should be known that I am ‘Pro Solution’ for those who need and want help with addiction problems. I support health and education regarding these issues.” Throughout her career, Edwards has remained a passionate advocate for recovery, using music to spread the recovery message and provide hope for those in long term recovery from substance use disorders and those seeking to be. Elizabeth Edwards has recently joined Faces & Voices of Recovery as a valued member of our National Advisory Council.