Recovery Live: An Evening of Fun to Benefit The Well Community

the-well-promotional_flyer-e1506362503443 - Recovery Live 2017 - CroppedRecovery Live is coming! Join us for our fifth annual benefit concert on Thursday, November 30, at The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. It’s an evening full of great music and a fun way to support The Well Community, the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who suffer from mental illnesses.

“Recovery Live has become a great fun, must-attend benefit celebration every fall for those who want to make a difference toward recovery for our neighbors who deal daily with severe mental illnesses,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community. “Funds raised at Recovery Live have a direct impact on the lives of our members, helping to provide life-giving, life-changing services.” She adds, “This year, in addition to our absolutely amazing musicians, we will also feature a silent auction with items donated from local businesses. There will be some terrific products, meals and services to bid on.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and program will kick off at 7:30 with music by local Oak Cliff students. Southern singer and songwriter Floramay Holliday and Over the River will provide the evening’s featured entertainment. They blend old-school country with contemporary Americana. Holliday has been part of the Texas music scene for over 18 years, and has played and recorded with some of Austin’s music legends.

Also on the lineup are The Rosemont Kings, a band that brings a unique composite of sound to the Dallas music scene, blending rock, blues, funk and classic soul. The six members all hail from a single block of Rosemont Avenue in Oak Cliff.

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Joel Pulis, Founder of The Well Community

During Recovery Live, The Well Community will launch its inaugural Founder’s Awards, to be given to those whose actions have opened up new avenues of recovery and hope to individuals suffering with mental illnesses. The Founder’s Award has been created to honor Joel Pulis, who, while serving as Associate Pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church, saw the deep poverty, isolation and hopelessness faced by people in the Oak Cliff community who struggled with mental illnesses. What began in 2002 as a simple church outreach to a handful of individuals has grown into a flourishing, holistic ministry among adults recovering from serious mental illnesses. Pulis will be the first recipient of the Founder’s Award.

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Founder’s Award Recipient Sheriff Lupe Valdez

A second Founder’s Award will be given to Sheriff Lupe Valdez for her innovative attention to the needs of inmates affected by mental health disorders. In partnership with Parkland Hospital, she established a health center in the Dallas County Jail and staffed it with professionals who could administer medications and provide counseling and other assistance. Because many inmates with mental health issues may be held on minor, non-violent crimes, Valdez, with her staff, is developing a diversion program to enable eligible inmates to have an expedited release. She also hopes to enlist inmates with mental health disorders to help train dogs for adoption through Home for the Hounds, a partnership with Dallas Animal Services.

Tickets for Recovery Live start at $50 and can be purchased online from the Kessler Theater or at the door. You can also show your support for The Well by joining the Host Committee, becoming a sponsor or providing an auction item—email us at to learn more.

Please join us for a fun evening that benefits those in the Dallas area who live with mental illnesses!

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