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Advocating for Change: The Will Bright Foundation

Mission Makers

      

The mission of the Will Bright Foundation (WBF) is to fill a critical need in the fight to break the barriers of addiction specifically in in Central/West Alabama area. “There is an unfilled need in the Birmingham/West Alabama area for a place for someone fresh out of recovery to live, receive spiritual support, job readiness skills, and find meaning and purpose to live a life free from the bonds of addiction,” explains Lisa Bright who along with her husband Bill decided to lead the charge in meeting this need after their son Will died of a heroin overdose at the age of 25. The Trussville couple established the non-profit foundation in order to offer scholarships to individuals and families struggling to pay for rehabilitation and establish “next step living” for men and women who have successfully completed an initial recovery program. “Sometimes people who have completed a recovery program aren’t ready to be in the real world on their own… We are calling it ‘transitional,’” explains Bright, “because our residents will be transitioning to a life not dominated by addiction!” The Brights remember, “Will was a kind, caring friend to all, and a drug addict. He tried so hard to overcome his addiction, but when he left rehab, he had nowhere to go to get a fresh start.”

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Lisa and Bill Bright with Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt (center). Lisa Bright explains that one goal in Washington is to open doors, through legislation, for people who struggle with addiction to have more medical options when recovering from surgery instead of opioids.

The Lord opened unexpected doors for the Bright couple to be involved in advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. “We have done a lot in Washington this past year about the opioid crisis,” Bright reflects. Through the Washington coalitions they have joined, WBF is transforming into an advocacy group, in addition to transitional living. The group Voices for Non-Opioid Voices reached out asked the Brights to join them on a national level to provide a parent’s perspective on how the opioid crisis is affecting families. They have spoken on Capitol Hill and to the National Press Club.

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Lisa Bright with her son Will. The Will Bright Foundation(WBF) was established in his memory after he died in 2012 of a heroin overdose at the age of 25. Since his death, his parents with the help of volunteers have been working to stop this from happening to someone else.

On Friday, August 23, 2019 WBF will host their second annual Restoration Swings Golf Tournament at Topgolf Birmingham. Proceeds will benefit Restoration Springs, WBF’s transitional living facility. Enjoy a great morning of tournament style golf with the conveniences of climate-controlled bays plus a Hole in One Contest to win $10,000 cash, hot breakfast, prizes, a swag bag and a silent auction. Tee Off is set for  9 a.m. and will be followed by Noon Awards. The highest scoring team wins a Topgolf 3-month platinum corporate membership. The second-place team will win a Titleist SM6 Wedge and the third-place team will win a dozen Titleist Pro V1 balls. Register for the Topgolf Tournament at www.willbrightfoundation.com or call 205-862-9086.†

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The 2018 Restoration Swings Golf Tournament was a huge success. Bright reports that they raised almost $30,000 with over 100 golfers participating. Several local businesses used the tournament as a team building day. With donations, WBF will soon start building a multi-purpose community center room at Restoration Springs in Fayette, Ala.

 

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