3rd Annual Shining a Light on Recovery Candle Light Vigil
For Immediate Release
CLOSE FOUNDATION HOLDS 3rd ANNUAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL TO SHINE LIGHT ON RECOVERY
Bel Air, Md., September 1, 2016 – “Shining a Light on Recovery,” a free community/family friendly event and candlelight vigil, takes place Saturday, September 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Tent at Mt Zion Church, 1645 E Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015.
The event, sponsored by The Albert P. Close Foundation in partnership with Addiction Connection Resources (ACR), the Homecoming Project, Office of Drug Control Policy and MD Recovery, is to raise awareness about substance abuse and to remember those that we have lost to addiction.
The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. – attendees are encouraged to come out and visit tables where local organizations that offer services for the prevention and treatment of drug/alcohol addiction will be set up with information for attendees prior to the program at 7 p.m. A clown will visit to entertain children and there will be a few children’s crafts. Slices Pizza will be selling pizza and soda. Coffee and water will also be available.
A message of hope and recovery will be delivered by Morgan Pagels of MD Recovery and the evening will conclude with the candlelight vigil and photo presentation.
The Close Foundation is putting together a video presentation memory of those who have died as a result of an addiction. Parents and/or family members may submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos must be received by noon, Friday, September 9th at the absolute latest. If you submitted a photo the previous years, the Foundation asks that you re-submit the photo for inclusion this year. Organizers ask that the person’s name and dates of birth and death be submitted with the photo. Those submitting information may also include how the person died (heroin overdose, for example).
“If we can educate, there will be less stigma, and with less stigma, there is more hope,” said Carol Frontera, president of the board of The Albert P. Close Foundation. “We hope that this event will help those who have lost someone through substance abuse and addiction find peace.”
The Close Foundation was established in 2002 in memory of the late judge, Albert P. Close, who during his long and distinguished career served as an attorney and as a judge of the Circuit Court for Harford County (1967-86). He was vitally interested in the welfare and success of young people. Over the past 12 years the Close Foundation has worked to help “close the gap” between need and existing resources by raising and distributing funds to give Harford County’s troubled youth—particularly those fighting alcohol and drug abuse—hope for their futures.