In the heart of New York City… Peoplehood, a space that was created to bring people together, served as the perfect backdrop for an exceptional event, “A Dry and Dopey January,” presented by The Phoenix. The three-story venue provided a welcoming space for a community gathering that celebrated sobriety and embraced the spirit of an active, connected lifestyle.
The Phoenix, whose mission is to build a sober active community, demonstrated the strength of its vision through the success of the evening. Dave Manheim, host of The Dopey Podcast, led a star-studded show filled with heart-felt stories and engaging Q and As.
The evening kicked off with a warm welcome from Julie Rice, the co-founder of SoulCycle and Peoplehood, setting the tone for an uplifting and inspiring experience. Her presence emphasized the significance of building communities that support both sobriety and an active lifestyle.
The diverse lineup featured a powerful address from Erin Khar, the author of STRUNG OUT. Her words resonated with the audience, providing a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of the journey to recovery. Khar’s presence added depth to the event, highlighting the diverse voices within the sober community.
Ray Brown’s musical talents added a soulful touch to the evening, and Chloe Labranche took the stage with a stand-up comedy set that left the audience in stitches. Notably, her use of the infamous “Jesus joke” became a standout moment, leaving a lasting impression on those in attendance.
The highlight of the night was a captivating discussion between Hank Azaria and Dave Manheim. Azaria, renowned for his versatile talents in acting and voice work, engaged in a thought-provoking conversation that delved into various aspects of life, sobriety, and the importance of community support. The insightful dialogue between the two speakers resonated with the audience, reinforcing the message of hope and resilience.
The event concluded with an engaging Q&A session, allowing attendees to interact directly with the speakers, including Erin Khar, and deepen their understanding of the topics discussed. This interactive element fostered a sense of connection among participants, further solidifying The Phoenix’s commitment to building a supportive and engaged community.
As the curtains closed on “A Dry and Dopey January,” gratitude was extended to key individuals who played pivotal roles in orchestrating the success of the event. Brett, Grant, Chris, and Erin Khar, acknowledged for their contributions, exemplified the collaborative spirit that underlies The Phoenix’s mission.
The event at the Peoplehood building encapsulated the essence of The Phoenix’s mission – bringing people together in a vibrant and uplifting environment that celebrates sobriety, active living, and the power of community. “A Dry and Dopey January” was not just an event; it was a testament to the strength that comes from unity and shared purpose in the journey towards a fulfilling, sober life.