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The Well Community, the non-profit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, host its Fifth Annual Recovery Live benefit concert Thursday, November 30, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St. 75208. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Neighborhood Spotlight on local Oak Cliff Students. Floramay Holliday and Over the River and The Rosemont Kings are the featured entertainment. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased here or at the door at The Kessler.

 “Recovery Live has become a great fun, must-attend fundraiser for those who want to make a difference toward recovery and have a direct impact on the lives of our clients,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community. “We’re adding a silent auction with items donated from local businesses to this year’s event but even more exciting, we’re instituting a Founder’s Award to commemorate fifteen years of The Well Community. This award has been created to acknowledge those whose actions have opened up new avenues of recovery and hope to individuals suffering with mental illnesses. We’re delighted that two individuals will receive this award – Joel Pulis and Sheriff Lupe Valdez.”

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 The Well Community – a flourishing, holistic ministry among adults recovering from serious mental illnesses. Pulis will be the first recipient of the Founder’s Award. 

Sheriff Lupe Valdez for her innovative attention to the needs of inmates affected by mental health disorders makes her the Founder’s Award second honoree. 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.

Sponsors for the 5th Annual Recovery Live include*:

Good Space

Ged Dipprey Realtor

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

Bret and Karen Schuch

Steven and Dawn Camp

Roland Warnock

Haynes and Boone LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Beth and Wes Keyes

Jim Lake Advisors LLC

Republic Title Turtle Creek

Amy Carenza and Nathan Offerdahl

Potpourri of Silk

Soap Hope

Shirlee and Charles Bealke

Suzanne and Wayne Braddick

Diana and David Ezzell

Scott Griggs

Colleen and Ken Kelley

Cornerstone Home Lending Masterman

La Calle Doce and El Ranchito

Methodist Medical System

Norma’s Cafe

RPGA Design Group

Ryan Frahm - Origins Bank Home Lending

Square Foot

Vickie Turner

*Sponsors as of press time

Joel Pulis and Sheriff Lupe Valdez will be awarded The Well Community’s Founder’s Award at the 5th Annual Recovery Live Thursday November 30 at The Kessler. For more information call 214.393.5878, ext. 604 or visit Click here to purchase tickets now.

About The Well Community

The Well Community, founded in 2002, is the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who suffer from mental illnesses. The Well cares for and serves people with the profound physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are so prevalent when dealing with mental disorders. Using a holistic approach, The Well provides compassionate programs and services for those who are otherwise isolated and lonely. Visit for more information.

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