One thing about Stout Street Foundation events—they always feel like a happy family reunion with lots of hugs, sharing and laughter. This year’s Fall Luncheon was no different as nearly 200 supporters, staff and program participants got together at the Renaissance Denver Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Featured speaker Haven Moses, Denver Bronco wide receiver and Ring of Fame honoree, only added to the winning atmosphere, as he and other speakers celebrated those who have triumphed over addiction as well as those who support their positive efforts in a variety of ways.

 

(l to r): Teri D. Smith, development VP; Darcy Narans, CFO; Denver Broncos Ring of Famer Haven Moses; SSF supporter Nancy Alterman; and former Denver Bronco great, safety Mike Harden

(l to r): Teri D. Smith, development VP; Darcy Narans, CFO; Denver Broncos Ring of Famer Haven Moses; SSF supporter Nancy Alterman; and former Denver Bronco great, safety Mike Harden

The two-hour lunch was back in vogue, a time-efficient gathering that incorporated a reception, live and silent auctions, all accompanied by tasty food. The luncheon program featured Moses singing the praises of Stout Street Foundation—his involvement began when supporter Mike Harden, Denver Broncos super safety in the 1990s who was also in attendance, invited him to Stout Street Foundation’s annual golf tournament a couple of years ago. Other speakers included a senior resident who discussed his personal story, along with Friends of Stout Street Foundation’s chairperson Sheryl Goodman, who talked about the struggles of her own son—a story that has turned around in a positive way marked by his recent one-year sobriety anniversary. President and CEO Christopher J. Conway enthusiastically gave the crowd an overall update, and Teri D. Smith, VP of development, sincerely thanked everyone who contributed to the foundation and to the event. Joe Bevilacqua, of Clear Channel Entertainment, was once again on hand to energetically emcee the program and entice higher bids during the live auction.

The mission of Stout Street Foundation (SSF) is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens. SSF operates as a not-for-profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation will provide for food, lodging and specific programs and treatment for residents.

President and CEO Christopher Conway writes: “For 37 years, the voices of Stout Street Foundation have carried strength and hope for personal growth and a better future…It is my most sincere ambition to bring more residents successfully into a productive life of sobriety by improving the quality of education and aftercare that we provide. By fostering growth, hope gives us motivation and strength gives us means. As contributors, you are a source of strength and hope for this foundation…The opportunity to participate in such a powerful culture of strength and hope that Stout Street Foundation provides is truly inspiring.” For more information about Stout Street Foundation’s programs, please visit: www.StoutStreet.org.