Balboa Horizons is a proud sponsor of the Writers In Treatment Experience, Strength and Hope Award Ceremony taking place on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center. This year’s award will honor Duran Duran’s founding member and bass player John Taylor. The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given to well-known individuals who have written courageous and honest memoirs about their journey from addiction to recovery. Past honorees include astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr.
Taylor’s memoir “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran” tells of his upbringing in Birmingham, England, his years with Duran Duran, and his road to recovery. “’I won’t say I went right away [to rehab], I had to hit bottom, which meant going out and getting so f**ked up, so disillusioned by my own inability to control myself, and then surrender. Now it’s been a whole different me, and I wanted to write about that. A lot of people are struggling and a lot of people still don’t believe that sobriety is possible for them.”
The charity event is a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process. All proceeds benefit Writers In Treatment’s Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world’s most dynamic cultural institutions and arts venues in Los Angeles. The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, and more — all in a stunning architectural setting just off the 405. The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.