Originally this post was planned to announce news about the annual C.A.R.E. (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) Breakfast that will take place on Monday, November 5, at the Belo Mansion. It’s one of those events that you ask yourself on the Sunday night before, “Why did I agree to attend?” By Monday mid-morning, you’re oh-so glad you did. The no-holds-barred honesty of speakers like Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron and Emmy Award-winning John Larroquette were both surprising and inspiring. This year’s event will have journalist/author David Sheff and his son/author/recovering addict Nic Sheff as the keynote speakers.
Now here is where Anne Besser comes in. She’s chairing the event and admits, “What we say and do about drugs matters a lot. As a wife, mother and friend, my actions are just as important. Knowing this is a keystone in my life, I agreed to chair the breakfast to show how much I believe in the critical role this organization plays in the lives of those I love and care about.”
Working with Anne will be Honorary Chair Terry Bently Hill and Underwriting Chairs Mary and Tom O’Dwyer.
As said previously, that was the original plan for this post. But then late last night it was learned that Anne has taken on still another responsibility. She’s been tapped to “serve as interim executive director of The Elisa Project,” following the departure of Sharon Seagraves, who has served in this position for the past three years.
The Elisa Project Board President Alvin Wade made the announcement by noting, “We have experienced unparalleled growth in our programs and outreach. At last count, The Elisa Project has served well over 100,000 constituents. Sharon has helped us achieve all of these goals and we are indebted to her for all of her dedication and hard work. At the same time, we are very excited that Anne Besser will be stepping in to carry the torch forward. Change is often a positive hallmark of multi-faceted, demand-driven organizations. As we grow, so do the needs of our leadership structure and staff.”
So, class, that means that in addition to chairing C.A.R.E.’s November 5 breakfast, Anne will be running the non-profit Elisa Project and ramrodding the following activities:
- Saturday, September 22 — ESTEEM: A Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria
- Saturday, October 27 — NEDAWALK in Fort Worth
- April 2013 — the 8th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon.
In the meantime, the board of directors and search committee will undertake a search for a permanent executive director.
* Photo provided by C.A.R.E.
** Photo provided by The Elisa Project