Dr.Drew Helps Launch Brand New Event Attracting 620 Attendees and Raising more than $200,000 for Arapahoe House
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
September 24, 2010 — Arapahoe House, Colorado’s leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse treatment welcomed Dr.Drew, host of Celebrity Rehab and Loveline, to downtown Denver for a brand new fundraising event. Dr.Drew delivered the keynote address to 620 attendees at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The luncheon raised more than $200,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales and day-of donations during the event. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Arapahoe House’s life-changing addiction treatment programs.
“Addiction is the epidemic of our time,” said Dr.Drew during the keynote address. “Do you how extraordinary it is to have an organization like this? I wish I had something like Arapahoe House to offer my patients.”
Dr.Drew delivered a funny, engaging, entertaining, and educational keynote address that included audience participation and an impromptu question and answer session.
“This is a brain disease and change is hard,” he continued. “With addiction, we are essentially fighting the hijacking of the brain’s navigation system. I want you to be my army of people going out there educating people about addiction.”
The Inaugural Arapahoe House Luncheon with Dr.Drew was presented by First Bank, with premier sponsorship by James and Kathy Crapo and the Anschutz Foundation. Other major sponsors included: Herbalife Independent Distributor – Leslie Stanford, Wells Fargo, Galena Foundation, Heritage Wine and Liquor, Patty Jenkins, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, NexGen Resources Corporation, Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, Inc., Resource Capital Funds, Trice Jewelers and TripleB – LaFawn Biddle. Media sponsors included CBS4 and Denver Magazine.
More on the keynote speaker: Drew Pinsky, M.D., better known as Dr.Drew, is a radio and television personality, board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show, Loveline, which he has hosted since 1984. On television, he produces and hosts the VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In 2009, a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew premiered named Sober House.