Power of Prevention Luncheon

The 2016 Power of Prevention Luncheon will be October 19 at The Fairmont Dallas. Your participation is the opportunity to touch, change and save lives impacted by the #1 preventable health problem in America – substance abuse. Click here for additional event details.

Featured Speaker: Sarah Hepola, author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget


Sarah Hepola has written many stories about drinking and eating too much. Her essays on culture have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, The New Republic, Glamour, The Guardian, Slate, The Morning News, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. Her past jobs include: travel columnist, music editor, film critic, sex blogger, and for about 15 seconds in the late ’90s, she taught high school English. She lives in East Dallas, where she enjoys playing her guitar poorly and listening to the “Xanadu” soundtrack. Blackout (Grand Central) is her first book and a New York Times bestseller.

Honorary Chair:  Marie Reyes

Emcee:  Scott Murrary

Sponsorship Packet & Form
Auction Donation Form
Table, Ticket, & Donation Form

For more information: Cynthia Thompson at 214.522.8600 ext. 232 or cthompson@dallascouncil.org

Presenting Sponsor

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The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse is privileged to announce the Thompson & Knight Foundation as presenting sponsor of this year’s Power of Prevention Luncheon.

Thompson & Knight supports, participates in, and is dedicated to many charitable and nonprofit organizations in the communities they serve and beyond. Through the Thompson & Knight Foundation, formed more than 20 years ago, they lend financial support each year to hundreds of civic and charitable organizations promoting diversity, the arts, education, the elderly, health care, youth mentoring, and other similarly focused programs. They also encourage their employees to lead balanced lives through public involvement, pro bono work, and charitable giving. By educating their attorneys and staff about the organizations with whom they partner, the firm maintains active involvement in many community initiatives.

Please join the Council as we thank Thompson & Knight Foundation for its generosity in supporting our efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of alcohol and drug abuse. Together we create and implement solutions for the #1 preventable health problem in America – substance abuse.

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You Did It!


Thank you! Your participation in this year’s North Texas Giving Day has made it possible for us to continue offering a helping hand to our neighbors affected by substance abuse.

70 Years of Community Impact

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This year the Council proudly celebrates 70 years of service. Our commitment to improve the health, safety and productivity of our communities strengthens our efforts to:  prevent problems with drug and alcohol abuse before they begin, intervene when they do, and promote recovery for those already affected.

Click here to read a full statement from Debbie Meripolski, Executive Director.

Click here to view of gallery of photos from 1946-2016.

Touching and Changing Lives

In the last year, The Council trained or provided direct services to more than 29,000 people in our community. In addition, we reached tens of thousands more by
1) providing resources/materials to students, parents and teachers;
2) conducting public awareness campaigns via community events, billboards, public service announcements, and media coverage; and,
3) educating teachers, counselors and parents who pass on their skills and knowledge to countless others.

Thank you for helping us continue to touch and change lives!

About Us

For almost seven decades, The Council has served as the foremost community-based organization in North Texas offering substance abuse prevention and intervention services.
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Our Programs

Alliance on Underage Drinking, Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership, HIV Outreach and Prevention, Prevention Resource Center, Community Service and more.
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From gateway drug prevention, intervening in the lives of high-risk youth, handling HIV outreach or case management, or taking calls on the helpline, we’re there.
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Get Invested

Join us as together we prevent problems with alcohol and other drugs before they occur, intervene when they do and promote recovery for those who are already addicted.
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Substance Abuse Helpline, Drug Guide for Parents, and Community Assessments.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for The Council On Alcohol & Drug Abuse.
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Ways to Connect

Substance use disorder—known by many as substance abuse—is our country’s #1 health issue as contended by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and other respected national organizations.

home-connect01In Dallas, the volume of health-related stories involving adolescents and drugs and alcohol is staggering. Yet, we are not helpless. There are ways we can connect. There are mobilization efforts and community coalitions raising their collective voices every single day across all sectors.

There is a tangible return on investment that includes the health, safety and productivity of children, families, and communities throughout many Dallas-area counties.

Please connect with us—we’re on Facebook, Twitter and have a regular newsletter. We’re really social!

And our programs have their own web pages and connections; please check them out here:

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“Substance abuse is the number one (preventable) health problem in America.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“This program helped me want to go to school more.” Uriel, a student participating at a Gateway to College event

“They talked about real life situations. I was going through a lot of these problems we talked about.” anonymous student

Prevent. Intervene. Promote Recovery.

Join us as together we PREVENT problems with alcohol and other drugs before they occur,
INTERVENE when they do and PROMOTE RECOVERY for those who are already addicted.

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