The ceremony will be hosted by Ed Begley Jr (Portlandia, Best in Show). The headliner will be NPR's regular on "Wait Wait: Don't Tell Me" and winnder of Last Comic Standing, Alonzo Bodde; a special spoken word piece by Bob Forrest (Lead vocalist for Thelonious Monster and television eprsonality); a set by award-winning singer/songwriter Elizabeth Edward; a special guest presenter; as well as other celebrities. The event will also include catered cuisine and 90-minute social soiree.
The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given in recognition of an individual's honest life's memoir including their journey through addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the message of hope to a society awash in addiction. Additionally, Greg Laemmle will be presenting the REEL Recovery Film Festival's Audience Favorite Award to Jay Silverman, producer/director of Girl On The Edge.
Proceeds will benefit Writers In Treatment's free referral services and the national health and wellness REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium.