When Tony speaks, people listen… Although Tony’s life story is about his struggle with substance abuse and recovery, his message is so much stronger, so much more. It’s about making life choices; it’s about handling trials, tribulations and success; it’s about becoming the best you can be; it’s invigorating, challenging, and even difficult to hear. Tony’s level of energy is extraordinary. He connects with the audience and his passion for people is astonishing real. Tony’s devotion to, giving back to communities is unparalleled.
— Myra Wilkey, HCCP Executive Director Mental Health America of West Central Indiana, Inc.

Every now and again, there is something that makes an event different just a little more unique than the others. My event in Terre Haute with the Mental Health America of West Central Indiana was definitely one of them. Terre Haute was a small place in comparison to places like Indianapolis, with a population of about 90,000 people. My substance abuse speech was set to take place in the old Indiana Theater, which is on the historical landmark list, I am told. 

What made this event unique? It's operators. I gotta say that this group with MHAoWCI was something else. These were a dedicated group of individuals that put in HOURS to get this event done. I don't recall being apart of an event where the team put in such work for a community event. It wasn't just flyers, it was billboards, internet, businesses, schools, etc etc but most of all it was people with passion. I can't say enough about this group, they really did an amazing job. 

The event offered food and drinks, a photo booth for pictures after the event and the theater was a site to see. This was not your ordinary event in any way. My speech was well received amongst the crowd that exceed 3 to 400 people. There were plenty of questions after to answer, we had o cut them short because of time. I had an awesome time in Terre Haute and working with MHA staff. I really am grateful for that opportunity and extend a huge thank you to the crew for all their hard work and letting me deliver my story in their community!