The Annual 2018 Mac McLester Awards nominations are now open!

Nominations are due by February 20th, 2018

2018 will be the 10th year the Mac McLester Awards will recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Austin addiction/mental health recovery community. The peer-based process for the nomination and selection of the Champion of Recovery and Spirit of Recovery awards is an esteemed recognition with 19 recipients since 2008.


The awards were created in memory and honor of the late Ulysses “Mac” McLester, a recovery icon and advocate for over 25 years in Austin. Mac had a unique “tell it like it is” approach that endeared him to everyone he touched…and there are thousands who are in recovery today because of him.

Submitted applications are reviewed and winners chosen by the McLester Award Committee, comprised of previous award winners.

When considering nominees, please remember the addiction/mental health community includes a broad spectrum of areas to include research, prevention, mental health, advocacy, judicial/criminal justice, therapists and sober housing to name a few.

  • The 2018 Ulysses “Mac” McLester Champion of Recovery Award: The Champion of Recovery Award honors a clinician or professional in a paid position serving individuals who are in recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health who has made a significant contribution to the recovery community in Austin and/or Central Texas.
  • The 2018 Ulysses “Mac” McLester Spirit of Recovery Award: The Spirit of Recovery Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the recovery community in Austin and/or Central Texas primarily through volunteer or service work offered without compensation.

To nominate a Champion of Recovery, download the form, fill it out, and email it to Marsha Robinson at mrmktg77 @

To nominate for the Spirit of Recovery award, download the form, and email it to Marsha Robinson at mrmktg77 @

If you have questions, feel free to contact Marsha Robinson, McLester Award Committee Chair.

Winners will be recognized at the 2018 Annual Communities for Recovery Fundraiser Luncheon, April 25, at the Jewish Community Center.