Our 2019 Gratitude Gala starts at 6:30 PM on May 18th at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. This event will be filled with celebratory music, entertainment, a silent auction, a delicious dinner, presentations and recognitions. You don’t want to miss it!

We are thrilled and honored to announce our Spirit of Leadership Award Recipient, Special Guest & Keynote Speaker : Robert Veeder.


Welcome & Introductions – Elizabeth McCormick, Master of Ceremonies & 10,000 Beds Board Member

Dinner Service

Spirit of Leadership Award Recipient, Special Guest & Keynote Speaker

  • Our keynote speaker is someone you definitely don’t want to miss, as featured on TV and in numerous magazine articles, including People Magazine, we are thrilled to welcome L. Robert Veeder as our Special Guest Speaker:

On November 1st Robert Veeder celebrated his fifteenth year of sustained remission from substance use and dependence. Robert was in a drinking and driving accident in 2003 that sadly cost six people their lives. He was incarcerated as a result of that accident from 2003 until 2012. After his release in 2012 Robert and his wife moved to the Rochester area where he pursed a Health Science Degree with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from Brockport College. Robert Graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 and has been passionately working as an addiction therapist ever since at a local outpatient facility. Robert is happily married, madly in love with his wife, has a five-year-old daughter named Story, is a prolific writer, a juggler, a musician who plays banjo, piano, accordion, ukulele, and occasionally a djembe. He is passionate about the recovery community and excited about the opportunity to not only help people achieve abstinence, but more important to achieve lasting peace and happiness.



  1. Ken Seeley, Intervention 911, for his 30 years of dedication in the addiction recovery industry and his work to bring the critical importance of quality interventions to light,  to provide hundreds of interventions to families, and to provide intervention training.


  1. Habilitat Hawaii, Jeff Nash, for nearly half a century of service to the Hawaiian community, including those with substance abuse challenges and those without.
  2. Jeff Dougherty,, for his dedicated work with the homeless population of Orange County

9 PM Silent Auction Closes.

9:30 PM Pick up silent auction items.