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2014 Experience, Strength And Hope Award Post Event
Mackenzie Phillips, Ed Begley, Jr., and comedian Alonzo Bodden were among the Stars who honored Carrie White as the author received the Experience, Strength And Hope Award from Writers In Treatment on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Carrie White, the critically acclaimed author of Upper Cut was honored with Writers In Treatment’s Experience, Strength and Hope Award on Thursday night during a celebratory evening co-sponsored by Writers In Treatment. Host Ed Begley, Jr., headline performer Alonzo Bodden, actress Mackenzie Phillips and musician John Fuchs also paid tribute to White during the starry event held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given to well-known individuals who have written courageous and honest memoirs about their journey from addiction to recovery. Past honorees include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., and musician John Taylor, author of the memoir In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran. Carrie White’s memoir tells of her life as the “First Lady of Hairdressing,” where she counted Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn and Jennifer Jones among her favorite clients, as well as her road to recovery.
Carrie White took the stage in a black dress with an impeccable blonde bob. “I believe the soul is never loaded, never drunk,” she said. Carrie is the first woman to receive the “Experience, Strength, Hope Award.” Her memoir, Upper Cut: Highlights From My Hollywood Life is about her days as a celebrity hairdresser, her brutal alcohol and drug addiction, her five children and three marriages, and her journey into recovery. “Finally addiction is seen as a disease and not as a moral issue,” she said.
Actor Ed Begley, Jr., served as emcee for the evening, which featured a performance by comedian Alonzo Bodden. Actress Mackenzie Phillips thanked the evening’s sponsors, which included Millennium Laboratories, Sober College, Casa de las Amigas, Alcohol Justice, Balboa Horizons, Betty Ford Center, Cumberland Heights, Hope & Healing Center, My12StepStore.com, Orchard Recovery Center, and Sovereign Health. Musician John Fuchs performed “Still Crazy (Sober) After All These Years.”
Writer’s In Treatment Founder Leonard Buschel said of the event, “When you have hundreds of sparkling and healthy people celebrating individuals who have triumphantly overcome their battles with addiction, and Alonzo Bodden being hysterically funny, the event transcends the visual, and becomes about the feelings of the heart, which is love.”
During the evening, Buschel was himself presented with the Path to Recovery Award by Julia Negron on behalf of A New Path, honoring Buschel for helping to reduce the stigma of addiction in society.
Among the other guests in attendance were Darren Kavinoky, host of the TV series Deadly Sins, actress Mackenzie Phillips, host Ed Begley, Jr., Peggy Albrecht, executive director of Friendly House, and Julia Negron, wife of Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night.
Writers in Treatment produces and presents culturally significant events dedicated to improving the quality of recovery by reducing stigmas associated with alcoholism and addiction. The organization believes it’s important for people in recovery, and those on the cusp, to have entertaining and culturally stimulating events that inspire enthusiasm for clean and sober living.
The charity event is a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process. All proceeds benefit Writers In Treatment’s Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Watch the John Talyor interview from the red carpet.