The 11th Annual Celebration of Recovery
The Celebration of Recovery is a special evening that embraces the changes, struggles and hope that addiction and mental illness brings to our lives. Held every spring, this elegant event hosts over 600 attendees who actively fight for the treatment and support of those with mental illness and/or substance disorders and their families.
Annually, the A Chance to Change Board of Directors honors extraordinary mental health and substance abuse advocates from the community who are recognized at the event in front of peers, family and friends.
J. Blake & Donna Wade
Jim McGuinness Award Honorees
J. Blake and Donna Wade have made recovery the foundation of their work and their marriage of 26 years. Blake began his recovery from alcohol in 1983. He has regularly attended support groups ever since, giving hope to others and helping them to achieve their own path to recovery. He is not only a champion of recovery, but a well-involved member of the civic community. Blake is the CEO of the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority; former president of Oklahoma’s Business Roundtable; former executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society; and is involved in many community organizations. Donna, who also began her recovery in 1983, has been in private practice since 1986 as a LPC and LADC. She has dedicated her career to helping clients heal from addictive disorders. Donna is certified in EMDR trauma therapy, and is a member of the Oklahoma Psychoanalytic Association and the Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association. The Wades love playing golf and tennis together, and very much adore their two dogs, JJ and Sally.
Dr. R. Murali Krishna
Community Impact Award Recipient
R. Murali Krishna, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A. is a well-respected senior psychiatrist in Oklahoma City. He is widely recognized for his dedication, compassion, mind-body expertise and skills for helping people achieve their true potential of emotional wellness. Dr. Krishna is a community ambassador and board member for the Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS Center for Addiction Recovery; founding president of the INTEGRIS James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit; and former president of INTEGRIS Mental Health. Dr. Krishna has served 10 years on the Oklahoma State Board of Health and led as its president from 2012 to 2013. His book, “VIBRANT: To Heal and Be Whole – From India to Oklahoma City,” has helped countless readers claim their spirit and explore their inner strength.