Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night (Oct. 8) by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from their friends, namely the Eagles' brother-in-law, Ringo Starr, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald, during a fundraising gala supporting the work of the recently combined advocacy groups offering a range of services and programs focused on prevention, treatment and reform.
The soon to be 70-year-old Walsh, with a lift from Gill, McDonald and the younger Butch Walker, entertained the crowd under the twinkling chandeliers of the Rainbow Room with a few rock standards, including Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good,” as Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach Starkey, watched from a table near the small stage.
Walsh, sober for 25 years, told his own story of alcohol and drug dependence, as did his wife when she introduced him to the crowd, many of whom have been touched in some way by addiction. He told of his rocky childhood in the 1950s struggling against what are now recognized as attention-deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.