Our 14th Annual Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award was held Thursday September 12th at the Governor Hotel Heritage Ballroom. The event was successful and inspiring with a full room of people supportive of reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery. Portland attorney Mark P. O’Donnell was awarded this year’s Freedom Award for his commitment to AA and his work in the community. Mark is an inspiration for many, and the support of his friends, family, and colleagues at the event made it clear that he has made an impact in our community.
This year, the Freedom Award was renamed to honor Samuel C. Wheeler, a long-time supporter and friend of De Paul Treatment Centers and the first Freedom Award honoree. Sam Wheeler’s dedication to the recovery community and commitment to the De Paul Treatment Centers makes him a prime example of the traits the Freedom Award recognizes. Sam’s sons State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Tom Wheeler spoke about their father at the event.
The funds generated from the 14th Annual Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award enable us to continue to live out our mission of creating freedom from addiction for men, women, youth, and families.
We are truly grateful to Mark O’Donnell, the Wheeler family, and all of the event sponsors and attendees.
View more pictures from the Freedom Award event here!