Elizabeth Vargas Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At Alpha Home Luncheon

Elizabeth Vargas Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At Alpha Home Luncheon
Award-winning ABC anchor and author to speak about alcoholism, anxiety and national epidemic

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) – November 22, 2017 – Alpha Home – a local addiction treatment center – is excited to announce award-winning ABC News anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, will be the keynote speaker at its upcoming 12th Annual Doorways of Hope luncheon. The event is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade (9821 Colonnade Blvd.) at 11:30 a.m.

Vargas is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir and is also the author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” an award-winning New York Times bestseller.

She has traveled the world, covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews.

In 2017, Elizabeth anchored breaking news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, reported on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations and spent three years documenting an inspirational family as they adjust to life with their son’s rare facial condition. In 2016, she anchored “20/20” reports on the passing of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds as well as the breaking news live network coverage of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, the ambush in Dallas where five police officers were killed, the death of pop star Prince and the passing boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

She has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President George W. Bush from the Oval Office in the White House. Her international coverage has sent her to Beslan, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2000, Vargas won an Emmy for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Eilan Gonzalez case.

“We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth for her incredible strength. Her recovery story is honest and tells the story of many other mothers struggling with addiction,” said Angela White, Alpha Home CEO. “Her story will deliver a message of hope and understanding for our attendees and the San Antonio community.”

At our luncheon, Vargas will talk about her experience with alcoholism, anxiety and the national epidemic sweeping the nation.

“Addiction is a serious and deadly issue in our country,” Vargas said. “We must reduce the stigma around this disease by talking more about it. We can save lives together.”

Tickets and sponsorship for the upcoming event can be purchased at the following link: http://bit.ly/1Qzrvfj

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About Alpha Home:
Since its beginning in 1966, Alpha Home has served over 23,000 clients in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. The mission of Alpha Home is to offer a pathway of help, hope and healing through spiritually based drug and alcohol treatment and support.

Alpha Home partners with artist Branislav Jankic to screen “Letter To My Mother,” a short film and art exhibition

Alpha Home partners with artist Branislav Jankic to screen “Letter To My Mother,” a short film and art exhibition that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction

The project strives to lift addiction stigma and offer hope to those struggling with this disease

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) – July 25, 2017 –Alpha Home – a local addiction treatment center – is pleased to partner with artist Branislav Jankic to present Letter to My Mother, a short film and art exhibition about mothers struggling with addiction. The project features many Alpha Home staff and Alumnae. The exhibition has previously only been shown in New York.

The one-night only event will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.alphahome.org

Artist Branislav Jankic in front of the art exhibition view of “Letter To My Mother” at Spring Studio Gallery, New York, June 2016. Photo courtesy: Branislav Jankic

Letter to My Mother is a visual and literary body of work created by artist Branislav Jankic that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the United States. The project strives to lift the stigma of addiction and create an international support system for those suffering from this disease, particularly mothers. The short film was shot during the first exhibition of the project in New York, June 2016.

The book came to fruition after Jankic learned of his mother’s painful diagnosis – terminal lung cancer – in November 2012. Jankic, who had experienced his own struggles with addiction throughout his teenage years, began a quest to reassess his relationship with his mother.

He began the process by starting a letter to his mother, reconciling with her and her life-long challenges, specifically the abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol. This act became the catalyst that set Jankic off on a journey to bring a narrative, not frequently told, to the forefront – to pro- duce a dialogue about motherhood and addiction outside of its stereotypically taboo associations.

In August of 2013, Jankic and the project’s Producer Goran Macura, set off on their quest, traveling the United States for 11 days, (1,200 miles by ground and 7,518 by air); visiting 6 states, including San Antonio, Texas, and photographing 40 women and their children.

The book chronicles the stories of mothers and their families as they openly tell their stories about addiction, abuse, shame, strength, and gratitude in a single letter accompanied by an intimate portrait. The large-format medium, which harkens back to classical portraiture and is ac- companied by a tedious and time consuming process, was chosen by Jankic to highlight the strength, endurance, and confidence of these women in recovery. Their restrained movement during the shoot allowed the subjects to speak only with their eyes creating beautiful, honest, and haunting portraits.

“My mother, all of these women, all of their children – they are beautiful. There is not one face of addiction. The women I chose are not defined by their disease, but by their motherhood. It can affect anyone, addiction doesn’t discriminate,” says Jankic “It was important for me to make that point – to show these women’s faces with the ultimate goal to make the conversation around addiction an open one, it doesn’t need to be and shouldn’t be hidden by shame.” – Branislav Jankic

In honor of these women, Jankic translated Letter to My Mother into an immersive multimedia art exhibition that also bears the same name as the book for four days in June 2016 in New York City. The short film was shot during this period while the exhibition was installed. The display, like the book, included 12 portraits of women whose stories were especially powerful for Jankic as well as a series of written and recorded letters, a celebration of the subject’s bravery. The number 12 was chosen consciously in order to reference several contradicting yet relevant existing connotations of the number: the 12 Olympians, the 12 pillars of success, 12 step addiction programs, and 12 as a religiously charged historical recurrence.

Each of these manifestations carry positive weight: hope, faith, strength, community; but they also hold negative associations: loneliness, shame, violence, vulnerability. Jankic invites the viewer to contemplate both ends of this spectrum, as emotions and perspectives have changed throughout the addicts’ personal journeys and amongst societal perceptions. In order for a new dialogue around addiction to commence, dichotomies such as these, especially in relation to motherhood, must be acknowledged.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased here: www.alphahome.org

Letter to My Mother film trailer can be viewed here: http://lettertomymother.us/trailer/

Letter to My Mother website for more information about the project : http://lettertomymother.us

About Alpha Home:

Since its beginning in 1966, Alpha Home has served over 23,000 women in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. The mission of Alpha Home is to offer a pathway of hope, healing and recovery through spiritually based drug and alcohol services and support.

About Branislav Jankic:

Branislav Jankic (b.1983) is a Serbian artist, director, and photographer based in New York City. His work has appeared in Interview (RU, DE), GQ (UK), Vogue Homme (Japan), Elle, and Flaunt. Under the tutelage of Gian Paolo Barbieri and Bruce Weber, Jankic draws deeply from his own past as a child of displacement, of addiction, and of rebirth. His first major book of photography, Letter to My Mother (2015) was inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer and addiction. His latest collaboration, Flowers of My Life (2015), a collaboration with Gian Paolo Barbieri, debuted at Milan Fashion Week and has been praised in Vanity Fair (IT), I.D., Women’s Wear Daily, and Love Magazine (UK).

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Enjoy sips, sweets & jewels at this event. 20% of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Home.
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Kendra Scott Gives Back to Alpha Home
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Buy an art piece at INSIDE ] OUT

You won’t want to miss bidding on these silent auction art pieces created by individuals in recovery from drugs and alcohol. This lot of six custom framed paintings will be silent auctioned at INSIDE ] OUT happening this Thursday, September 22nd at Brick (located at Blue Star Arts Complex) from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Bidding for each art piece below will start at $100, with a “Buy Me Now” option.

This piece has been the selected art piece for the entire show. The artist for this piece says the colors in this painting "represents inner peace" for her. You won't want to miss out on snagging this piece for your home, or office.

This piece has been the selected art piece for the entire show. The artist for this piece says the colors in this painting “represents inner peace” for her. You won’t want to miss out on snagging this piece for your home, or office.

 

The whimsical nature of this art piece would be a perfect addition to any girl's room. The artist that created this piece says this piece "symbolizes her emotions and the view of her dreams that can become real."

The whimsical nature of this art piece would be a perfect addition to any girl’s room. The artist that created this piece says this piece “symbolizes her emotions and the view of her dreams that can become real.”

This piece describes a man who has been "through thick and thin no matter what," according to the artist who created this painting.

This piece describes a man who has been “through thick and thin no matter what,” according to the artist who created this painting.

This special mixed media piece of art work made up of acrylic and raffia shows the fiery nature of the artist at the deep throes of her addiction.

This special mixed media piece of art work made up of acrylic and raffia shows the fiery nature of the artist at the deep throes of her addiction.

This piece also would be a great conversation piece for your office space. This painting shows dandelion flowers, floating in the wind.

This piece also would be a great conversation piece for your office space. This painting shows dandelion flowers, floating in the wind.

This piece was created by Alpha Home Alumnae/local fine artist, Sara Barcus. Titled “Coming back to Motherhood,” Sara says this piece shows the impact Alpha Home had on her life.

 

Doorways of Hope Luncheon recap

Thanks again to all who helped support Alpha Home’s Doorways of Hope luncheon on February 25th. The donations, sponsorships and raffle sales made this event one of Alpha Home’s most successful luncheons. We raised a total of $90,555!

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