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Upcoming Keynote Speaker Tom Farley Presenting: “The Chris Farley Show – A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery”

The Chris Farley Show

Thomas Farley, President of the Chris Farley Foundation will be featured at this year’s (10th Annual!) Ann Daugherty Symposium. Tom is the brother of late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse.

While Chris’ kind, generous nature and charismatic wit will always be remembered, Tom tells the surprising yet relatable story of addiction in a famous family.


Cover of The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts by Tom Farley, Tanner Colby.
Tom Farley wrote this biography of Chris–a moving collection of personal stories by friends and family members detailing the late comedian’s passionate dedication to bringing laughter into the lives of others, his successes on SNL and in numerous top films, and the incapacity for moderation that led to his fatal battle with drugs and alcohol.

The Other Sides of Chris Farley

Tom Farley offers an in-depth look at the many sides of Chris Farley.  There is the kind, creative performer who became famous, but Chris had a surprisingly spiritual side as well according to his brother.  Fr Matt Foley explains in one anecdote, “Chris and I would sit and talk all night.  He asked me about God, about faith.  Drugs were evil to Chris.  Fighting that took alot out of him…

Tom Farley

The Chris Farley Foundation used humor to deliver messages of addiction prevention messages to kids, teens, and young adults on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. As the President, Tom’s first major project for the Foundation was the the production of two nationally run, award winning commercials that featured the cast of Saturday Night Live. From there, Tom Farley began work developing the unique, humor-based approach.

An entertaining, funny and engaging public speaker, Tom Farley is frequently asked to provide his knowledge and experience on substance abuse prevention, non-pro6t management, and building successful brands. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, conducted briefings on Capitol Hill and to state legislative committees. He has also been featured in People Magazine and USA Today, and interviewed on Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, Larry King Live, and featured in two CNN special reports on substance abuse.
Thomas Farley

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“There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm blooded to fall into the vice-the demon of intemperance, ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative, more promising in youth than all his fellows, who has fallen a sacrifice to his rapacity? He seems ever to have gone forth like the Egyptian angel of death, commissioned to slay, if not the first, the fairest born of every family.

…In my judgment such of us who have never fallen victims [to alcoholism] have been spared more by the absence of appetite than from any mental or moral superiority over those who have. Indeed, I believe if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class.”

–Abraham Lincoln