ORRINGTON, Maine (WABI) - Laura Schneider-Look from the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Dorothy Small of the Ellsworth Police Department sat down with TV5 to talk about the upcoming fundraiser for Downeast Project HOPE.
Run for Recovery, Swing for Success is scheduled for June 30 at the Rocky Knoll Golf Course in Orrington.
The full-day event will feature a 5K run in the morning, lunch hosted by Uno Pizzeria and Grill, and golf in the afternoon. Participants may opt to participate in one event, or both.
The Run for Recovery event will begin at 8am with registration. The race begins at 9am. The first 50 runners to register online will receive a FREE t-shirt. Online Registration fees are $15 per participant for youth (18 years and younger) and $20 per adult. Registration at the event will be $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Runners will be automatically entered into a cash prize raffle, and prizes will be awarded to the top runners. The course will challenge participants with a mix of gravel paths, grassy hills and paved walkways. Register online at: www.meana.org/run-for-recovery-registration/.
Registration for the Swing for Success Golf Tournament will be held from 12-1pm at the Rocky Knoll Golf Course. Tee-off time is 1pm. Online registration fees are $50 per youth (18 years and younger), $65 for Adults, and $260 for teams (4 golfers). Registration at the event will be $60 for youth and $75 for adults. Registration fee includes lunch. Sink a hole in one and you could be a winner of a brand new car. Prizes will also be awarded for closest to the pin and longest yard. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Register online for the Swing for Success at: www.meana.org/swing-for-success-golf-tournament-registration/.
Water, snacks, and hot and cold beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. As this is a charitable event supporting addiction recovery, no alcohol will be served.
If you cannot attend either event and would like to support Downeast Project HOPE, please visit www.meana.org or www.healthyacadia.org/donate to donate.
Maine has experienced a three-fold increase in drug related overdoses in the past three years. The continued increase in prescription and opioid addiction, combined with the steady climb in suicide attempts, highlights the critical need for additional infrastructure and resources. Every drug-related death is preventable with effective intervention and treatment. Currently both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment and recovery services are very limited and often difficult to access. Project HOPE is a grassroots community effort that is spreading throughout Maine to help bridge the gap.
Downeast Project HOPE, serving Washington and Hancock counties, provides a strong support system for opioid and other substance addiction disorders, connecting individuals seeking recovery to appropriate treatment options and community resources. Downeast Project HOPE collaborates with several regional hospitals and local police departments - Ellsworth, Baileyville, Pleasant Point, and, coming soon, the Washington County Sheriff’s office, by sharing monies and other resources.