Group to honor lead­ers in opi­oids bat­tle

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

STEVENSVILLE — Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties will pay tribute to those on the front lines of the opi­oid cri­sis and the hope they bring to ad­dicts and fam­i­lies dur­ing its “Cel­e­bra­tion of Char­ity” awards lun­cheon on Thurs­day, Nov. 16, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.

“The opi­oid cri­sis has im­pacted the lives of so many in the com­mu­nity, but there is hope that so­lu­tions can be found. This up­lift­ing tribute will cel­e­brate the ideas and com­mit­ment of our hon­orees who have given of them­selves to find an­swers,” said Au­drey Scott, Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties board chair­man.

This year’s hon­orees are Bernie Fowler Jr., Phi­lan­thropist of the Year, Joe Gam­ble, Vol­un­teer of the Year, and the Sa­mar­i­tan House, Non­profit of the Year.

“We are proud to shine a light on th­ese dis­tin­guished hon­orees who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for so many,” said Linda Kohler, Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “They are fo­cused on pre­ven­tion through ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness, and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion through treat­ment, train­ing, em­ploy­ment and com­mu­nity build­ing.”

The cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures sev­eral prom­i­nent pre­sen­ters in­volved in ef­forts to com­bat the opi­oid cri­sis in­clud­ing Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Clay Stamp, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Opi­oid Op­er­a­tional Com­mand Cen­ter. Key­note speaker Lisa Hill­man, de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sional and au­thor of “Se­cret No More, A True Story of Hope for Par­ents with an Ad­dicted Child,” will share her mes­sage of hope for re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tion.

First Lady Yumi Ho­gan will present the Gov. Larry Ho­gan Schol­ar­ship to a de­serv­ing stu­dent who is pur­su­ing a ca­reer in med­i­cal re­search. The schol­ar­ship was es­tab­lished at the 2016 awards lun­cheon hon­or­ing Gov. Ho­gan.

Tick­ets for the Nov. 16 event are still avail­able and can be pur­chased on­line for $100 each at ch­e­sa­peake char­i­ties. org/events or by send­ing a check to Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties, 101 Log Ca­noe Cir­cle, Suite O, Stevensville, MD 21666.


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