Why We Rally

Every September, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) promotes Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use issues and to celebrate communities.  On October 7, 2017, #BTRR2017 will serve as the culmination of the many activities that take place during Recovery Month in September. 

This will be the seventh year for the Big Texas Rally for Recovery.  #BTRR was originally initiated by Texas Recovers, a coalition of 8 Recovery Community Organizations across the state. The Rally was originally held on the steps of the capital in Austin, but has "traveled" over the last few years.  The Rallly has featured speakers including Greg Williams, Tara Connor, Mackenzie Phillips, William C. Moyers, Brian Cuban, and Michael Bottacelli. 


This year's rally is brought to you by Brazos Place and Kemah Palms Recovery, along with many other recovery stakeholders and advocates.  We will gather this year in Galveston on  October 7, 2017,  to generate a unified message of hope, strength, and courage for people and families in recovery from, or still struggling with, substance use.  The Rally has alwasy been, and will always be FREE to attendants. 

We are excited to gather with you at Moody Gardens in support of recovery, from alcohol and other substance use disorders. Live bands, dignitaries from the national recovery movement, public officials, persons in recovery, families, community supporters, keynote speakers, and friends of recovery will join the celebration. Will you? 

Together, We Can Do This

We need your help to raise the volume of our voices in advocacy. We need your help to ensure that people know RECOVERY WORKS! You can join us to rally, or volunteer, or support in any way you can. The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception on Friday, followed by our Rally walk and Rally program on Saturday. 

Mark Lundholm

Saturday October 7, 2017

Tim Ryan

 Saturday October 7, 2017



Oct 6th

3:30 PM – Opening Welcome

3:45 PM – Announcements, and Acknowledgements

4:00 PM – Salty Dog 

4:30 PM – Tommie Lee Bradley W/Salty Dog

5:15 PM – Keith Sam -Comedy

5:40 PM - John Lewis

6:15 PM – Carl Schmidt Duo

6:45 PM – 8:45 PM - DJ Dance w/DJ Treezen

7:00 PM - FREE Ice cream social

9:00  PM - Statewide Peer Glow Stick Support Meeting


Oct 7th

11:30 AM Processional Organizing/Honor Guard

12:30 Processional into the Convention Center

1:00 PM Welcome/Introductions

1:05 PM Proclamation

1:20 PM Invocation-Rance Allen

1:55 PM Commander Karen Hearod (SAMHSA)

2:10 - HHSC Representative

2:30 –Tim Ryan

2:55 –Judge Bradley Houston Drug Court

3:05 - Drug Court Testimony

3:15  Judge Ellisor – HOPE Drug Court

3:25– Kevin Loder – Former NBA Player

4:00 - Mark Lundholm Performs – 30-40minutes.

5PM – Conclusion



Centro de mi Salud
Houston Recovery Center
San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Unlimited Visions
Twelth Step Ministry
Bay Area Recovery Center
La Hacienda
UTMB Center for Addiction Studies
The Right Step
Houston Council On Recovery
Mercy Street
Lakeview Health
Unlimited Visions Aftercare
Ron Carter Ford
John "J.C." Lewis
The Cheyenne Center
Lifetime Recovery
SerenityLight Recovery
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