Message In A Bottle

Fourth Annual  

Celebration Evening

A Night of Recovery and Hope with Chris Herren

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Sponsors Party and Reception with Chris Herren - 5 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. - Keynote at 7 p.m.

About Chris Herren

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, realized his dreams by playing for the Celtics in the NBA, only to lose it all to addiction.  Drug-free and alcohol-free since 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else. 

 In 2009 Chris launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren (, a basketball player development company which provided customized, superior basketball training through private training, clinics and camps. Off the court, Chris continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life.  With the release of his memoir, Basketball Junkie, in 2011, Chris was approached by hundreds of people and their families looking for assistance in their road to recovery.  Inspired by their stories, Chris formed The Herren Project ( to educate at-risk populations on addiction and help others in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety.

Yes! I would like to register for the Celebration
Please accept our invitation to attend what promises to be another very special event. The funds raised from the Celebration are used to support core First Call programs for individuals and families suffering from and impacted by substance use disorders: Caring for Kids, How to Cope, Referral and Assessment, and Community Prevention. Please register for your sponsorship or individual tickets below or complete the form at the link to become a part of the community supporting First Call and its vision for individuals and families to live healthy lives free of the impact of alcohol, drugs and addiction.

Sponsorship Levels
Sponsors receive access to the Sponsors Party with Chris Herren prior to the event; preferred seating for guests; signage and program recognition; and a signed copy of Chris Herren's book for each guest.

Guardian Sponsor - $5,000
Preferred seating for 10

Champion of Hope Sponsor - $2,500
Preferred seating for 8

Celebration Sponsor - $1,000
Preferred seating for 6

Patron - $500
Preferred seating for 2

Individual Ticket - $125

Purchase tickets below via credit card, or click HERE to register by mail.
Click HERE to donate an alternate amount.


Susan Whitmore, Vice President of Development
P 816-800-8045 ~ E


About First Call 

First Call, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence founded in 1958, is a key catalyst for building capacity among over 200 Greater Kansas City area substance abuse, health care, behavioral health and supportive service providers. Services are provided to over 20,000 individuals annually, including substance use disorder assessment, outpatient treatment, recovery services, family services, crisis call center and community prevention services.