Each year, hundreds of Oregonians contribute to the mission of Lines for Life and work to improve the lives of those struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and suicide. Today at our Always Hope Gala, we honored three people who have given a voice to these issues and propelled us forward.
Tom Parker Award for Media Excellence – recognizing a reporter or media outlet that produces the best story or series to educate Oregonians about issues related to Lines for Life’s mission.
Corinne Boyer is a news reporter for Eugene Weekly. She received this award for her July 2016 article, Overprescribed Opiates, which detailed the national opioid addiction epidemic through the lens of an Oregonian who struggled with, and overcame, opioid addiction. Corinne has also worked with KLCC–NPR for Oregonians, The Source Weekly, Charleston City Paper, Lane Monthly Magazine, and had her research appear in The New Yorker.
Judy Cushing Celebrating Life Award – recognizing excellence in the fields of prevention and crisis intervention.
Sheila is a well-respected author, five-time Emmy award winning journalist, and KINK-FM morning personality. She knows all too well the heartache of losing someone to suicide, as told in her book, All the Things We Never Knew, and is a powerful voice for change in mental health care.
Champion of Hope Award – recognizing outstanding leadership and philanthropic support of Lines for Life.
Dan McMillan is vice president, employee benefits for the Gala’s title sponsor, Standard Insurance Company. Dan is a current member and a past president of Lines for Life’s Board of Directors and is being honored during the Gala for his generous, long-time support of Lines for Life and our mission.