Special to Iredell Free News

The 5th Annual Iredell County Walk for Recovery will be on Saturday, September 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Troutman’s ESC Park (338 North Avenue behind Town Hall). Rain date is September 24.

The free event spreads the word about recovery, prevention, treatment and education assistance related to substance use and mental illness issues during National Recovery Month.

Please register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-iredell-walkfor-recovery-tickets-389598328087 to help with food purchasing.

This family-friendly event, featuring a concert by Pepper Lewis and The Big Chiefs (formerly The Audiophiles) with a wide variety of music from the 1970s through today, will celebrate the hope and healing that comes with recovery from substance use and mental illness with words from inspiring speakers and community leaders.

Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell Director Shane Nixon will serve as the emcee. Kids activities, magician Mr. Marvel, a splash pad and playground, photo booth, art exhibit, and crafts will be

A free catered dinner of bagged hamburgers, hotdogs, and side items, prepared by G4G Ministries, will also be served. Water is provided by Niagara Bottling.

Many vendors associated with mental health, substance misuse, recovery, and other helping agencies will be on hand, and a “walk” around the event area visiting the vendors with your
punch card will make attendees eligible for prize drawings!

Bring your bag chairs, lawn blankets, sunscreen, kids’ swimsuits, and towels and get ready for an afternoon of fun and inspiration!


Contact Kristin Blumenstein at kristin@daciredell.org if interested in being a vendor (no product sales allowed).

♦ Website: https://sites.google.com/view/iredellcountywalkforrecovery/
♦ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IREDELLWALKFORRECOVERY


PLATINUM: Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell, ICGH-Statesville, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Partners Health Management, PQA, Piedmont Healthcare, Southern Family Medicine
GOLD: Addiction Recovery Medical Services, Fifth Street Ministries, Iredell Free News, WAME
BRONZE: Foundry House, Iredell Health System, NAMI, Planet Fitness, Sawyer Insurance, Turning Point Family Services


Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in

This year’s theme is “RECOVERY IS FOR EVERYONE: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.”

Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as
hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness.

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