Cenikor Announces Award Recipients for Deep in the Heart Luncheon

Luncheon Supports Cenikor’s Mission to Provide Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Support

Houston, TX, July 11, 2023 Cenikor, one of the largest nonprofit behavioral health networks in the country, is pleased to recognize organizations and individuals who will be honored at the Deep in the Heart Luncheon, taking place on September 13, 2023. These awards recognize outstanding contributions and unwavering commitment to the field of addiction recovery and mental health support.

The award categories and recipients for the Deep in the Heart Luncheon are as follows:

1. Elected Official of the Year: Al Green, US Representative

Representative Green’s tireless advocacy for mental health and substance use disorder initiatives has been instrumental in driving policy changes and increasing access to quality treatment. His dedication to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by addiction makes him a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

2. Business Partner of the Year: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Through their collaborative efforts and commitment to addressing the unique needs of veterans struggling with substance use disorder, the medical center has provided exceptional care, resources, and support to veterans on their journey to recovery. Their innovative programs and unwavering dedication make them a valuable partner in the fight against addiction.

3. Philanthropist of the Year: Locke Lord

Their outstanding generosity and commitment to social responsibility have made a significant impact on the community. Locke Lord’s contributions, both financial and through pro bono legal services, have helped pave the way for improved access to treatment, policy changes, and destigmatizing conversations around addiction and mental health.

4. Community Leader of the Year: The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

The Harris Center’s leadership and dedication to enhancing mental health services and support within the community have had a profound impact on individuals affected by substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions. The Harris Center’s comprehensive programs and collaborative partnerships have provided vital care, resources, and hope for individuals on their path to recovery.

“We are thrilled to honor these outstanding organizations for their incredible contributions to the field of addiction recovery and mental health support,” said Bill Bailey, CEO of Cenikor. “Their passion, dedication, and innovative approaches have made a lasting impact on countless lives and have helped pave the way for a brighter future in the fight against substance use disorder. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the awardees for their well-deserved recognition.”

The Deep in the Heart Luncheon serves as a platform to honor these exceptional individuals and organizations, while also raising awareness and support for Cenikor’s mission to provide comprehensive substance use disorder treatment and support.

For more information about the fundraising luncheon, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Aimee Jaunal at or 713.341.5925.


Cenikor is a leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, committed to delivering evidence-based care, promoting recovery, and supporting individuals in their journey to lasting sobriety since 1967. With a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, Cenikor offers a range of services, including detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient programs, and aftercare support. By combining clinical expertise with compassion and personalized care, Cenikor strives to empower individuals and families affected by addiction and foster sustainable recovery. More than 300,000 lives have been changed in the process.

For more information about this news release, please contact Maddie Profilet, Marketing and Media Relations Director, via email at If you or someone you know is seeking treatment for substance use disorder, call Cenikor today at 1-888-236-4567.

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