Rock Recovery's Third Annual Building Bridges Signature Event at The University Club

May 12, 2016 @ 6:30PM — 9:00PM

Join us for an inspiring evening to support Rock Recovery with special guest host, Kirsten Haglund, and keynote speaker, Dr. Curt Thompson. Building Bridges is Rock Recovery's largest annual event which serves as a celebration of the work the organization does year-round to bridge gaps in treatment and understanding of eating disorders.

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.



Building Bridges is Rock Recovery's most important event of the year. The evening serves as a celebration of the people Rock Recovery's work touches with the hope of freedom from disordered eating. It also raises critical funds to continue providing affordable treatment and effective education and prevention programs to the community. Opening and closing receptions will provide great opportunities for networking and making personal connections. The evening will be moderated by special guest host, Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Specialist, Timberline Knolls, NEDA Ambassador, Miss America 2008.

Building Bridges was created in response to a growing need in our community for conversation, awareness and education around mental health. This year, Dr. Curt Thompson will serve as the keynote speaker for the event as he unpacks the soul of shame, revealing its ubiquitous nature and neurobiological roots and how it can impact the development of mental illness such as eating disorders. He will also provide the tools necessary to dismantle shame, based on years of researching its damaging effects and counseling people to overcome those wounds.

Event Details:

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Welcome reception
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Rock Recovery program, silent auction and keynote presentation by Dr. Curt Thompson
8:30 – 9:00 PM: Closing reception

About Kirsten Haglund:

Kirsten Haglund served as Miss America in 2008 and now is proud to be the Community Relations Specialist for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and an "Ambassador" for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). As a television personality and commentator, she appears frequently on Fox News Channel, HLN, Fox Business Network, and Huff Post Live to comment on women's health issues, celebrity culture, social issues, women's empowerment and the millennial generation. She is an international speaker on women's health and civic engagement, and has blogs featured regularly in industry journals, the Huffington Post and She is also the Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, which raises funds to provide treatment scholarships for families seeking recovery and freedom from disordered eating. Kirsten graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently based in New York City.

About Dr. Thompson:

Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and the founder of Being Known, LLC, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

About Rock Recovery:

More than 30 million Americans will battle an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime, and only 1 in 10 get treatment due to affordability, accessibility and stigma. Rock Recovery was founded to bridge gaps in treatment and understanding of disordered eating so that those numbers will change. Based on the belief that true freedom from disordered eating is possible, Rock Recovery has been working tirelessly since 2009 so that more men, women and children will be spared the devastating effects of the disease. Rock Recovery has been serving the Washington, DC community and beyond for the past seven years and has provided affordable outpatient treatment to more than 75 clients and community empowerment programs to 10,000 individuals

Support the Event:

To sponsor this event, please contact Rock Recovery's Executive Director, Christie Dondero, at or 919-696-4708.

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Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact or 919-696-4708 to learn more.

Event Location

The University Club
1135 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
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