Sept. 24 - Oct. 8: Online Auction
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse Online Auction has started!
The auction will run from September 24th at 5 pm to October 8th at 11 pm - the day of The Power of Prevention Breakfast. Even
if you can't attend the breakfast, the auction is a great way to show your support for the Council! The auction has many excellent
items from Dallas businesses, artists, tickets to Cowboys, Mavs and Stars games, hotel stays and more.
Click here to go to auction.
To participate, you will need to create an account by choosing a user name and adding your email and phone number. Other bidders
will not be able to see this information; they will be able to see your user name only.
Please contact Nicole Miller with any questions by email or phone at 214.522.8600 ext. 231.
Power of Prevention Breakfast
Visit from SAMHSA
On February 15, the Council was honored to receive a personal visit from Pamela Hyde,
Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAMHSA is the top mental health/substance abuse agency under the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services (HHS). Ms. Hyde was joined by Michael Duffy, Regional SAMHSA
Administrator, and Marjorie Petty, Regional HHS Director. Council Executive Director-Debbie
Meripolski, Director of Prevention Programs-Stacey Davis, and Director of HIV Programs-Sonny
Blake, met with our esteemed guests over lunch and enjoyed the opportunity to tell them about
the Council’s rich history and extensive network of prevention and intervention activities. After
a tour of the Council offices, Sonny and Debbie joined our guests for a community roundtable
discussion at The Resource Center of Dallas. The Council is fortunate to have a five-year Drug
Free Communities Support Program grant provided by SAMHSA.
The Council is often a pioneer and forerunner in the substance abuse field for the state and
country. The Council recognized addiction as a disease eight years before the American Medical
Association. The Council helped establish and provided the inaugural leadership for the Texas
Commission on Alcoholism (now the Texas Department of State Health Services, Mental Health
and Substance Abuse Services).
Over the decades, The Council has responded to increasing community needs, focusing on
larger target populations and widening the scope of collaborative, evidence-based initiatives and
services. The work has received accolades and awards, coverage by national publications, and
inclusion in the Congressional Record. But most importantly, since opening its doors in 1946,
millions of North Texans have been reached, changed and/or saved.
The Council trained or provided direct services to 29,686 people in 2012 and provided
resources/materials for another 121,197 people. In addition to the more than 150,000
individuals touched directly, The Council reaches many thousands more in two ways: 1) Public
awareness campaigns in the form of public service announcements, press conferences,
billboards, community events, press conferences and media coverage, and 2) Education of
teachers, counselors, first-responders and parents, who pass on their skills and knowledge to
Power of Prevention Breakfast
Most successful event to date!
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse's annual Power of Prevention Breakfast was held on October 8, 2013. Approximately
300 individuals attended the Breakfast, which benefits youth programs sponsored by the Council.
This year's event raised more funds than ever before! The Council would like to thank Debbie Knauss (featured speaker),
Scott Murray (emcee), Jan Showers (honorary chair), the award winners, the event sponsors, auction item donors, and
planning committee members for the part they played in its success.
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Award Winners: Judge John Cruezot, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, and Doug Denton with Homeward Bound, Inc.
Brandon, Debbie (featured speaker), and Doug Knauss at the Council's Patron Party leading up to the breakfast event
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