We all stand in awe of the show of support at our 1st Annual Hope For Recovery of Brunswick County event. This is an event we would like to organize in every county of North Carolina annually to promote unity in confronting the opioid scourge, provide education and awareness to end stigma, promote awareness of available resources within each community, to let impacted parents and families know they are not alone, and show those who suffer from mental health, substance use disorders and are sex trafficking victims that we care for them and are fighting to help them.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our co-hosts of the event, Palms Health and Wellness, LLC and WVCB 1410 Christian Radio in Shallotte, North Carolina. The bonds between our organizations will make an impact not only in Brunswick County but across the state of North Carolina.
We are extremely grateful to Palms Health and Wellness who presented NCPCC’s Chair, Alecia Roberts with a key to an office to house the coalition within the Palms facility!
Palms Health and Wellness, LLC had their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and announced their partnership with StAT (Stand Against Trafficking) to soon house twelve sex trafficking victims at Open Palms Ministry.
We cannot adequately express our gratitude to all of our sponsors whose financial support made the event possible. They are: Wicker & More Home Furnishings; Kathy Williams, Lynn Loerzel of Beauty at the Beach and Beverly Faircloth of Remax At The Beach in memory of Kirby Williams; Johnson Equipment Company; Sheriff John Ingram; S&B Maintenance; Waste Industries; Marco Dredging; Ronald’s Body Shop; J&J Mobile detailing in memory of Katie Thomas; CJ’s Lawn Enforcement in memory of Heather Britt; B.A.C.K. O.F.F. of Brunswick County; JBH Therapy Group, PLLC; Bennett’s Grill & Café of Calabash; Carolina Blue Water Construction, CWS Insurance Agency; The Faces That Matter/TFTM Resources and Hobbs Realty.
Ekklesia of Spartanburg, South Carolina donated the use of their tent, time, and talent to provide worship music and they totally rocked it. Jason Pullin provided us with sound for over ten hours of constant speakers and music. Tom Black and Laura Lee Litton shared their talents of music and song with us. Comfort Inn of Shallotte provided us complimentary rooms for band members and a discounted rate for others.
We thank our speakers: Kimberly Blankenship of Palms Health and Wellness; Allyssa Mckenzie of StAT; Lieutenant Stephen Lanier of the BCSO; The Honorable Judge Ola Lewis; NC State Representative Frank Iler; Commissioner Marti Cooke;Reverends William and Beverly Boynton of BCSO; Margaret Bordeaux of NC Harm Reduction Coalition; Kevin Mulholland of Brunswick County EMS; David Tart of Trillium Health Resources; Vanessa Sapp, Angie Thomas, Pastor Tommy Yopp, Brittany Hales, Reggie and Gina Parker, Reverend Curtis Shaw, and Alecia Roberts all of NCPCC; Tom Sherman of B.A.C.K. O.F.F. of Brunswick; and most importantly the recovery testimonies of Joshua Torbich, Renee Straw, Bruce Narhrath, Breann Carlisle, Chris Parker Brittany Hales and Leslie Louis.
We thank those who came out to set up resources tables: Brunswick Christian Recovery Center; Oceanside Family Counseling and Resource Center; North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition; CommWell Health, Celebrate Recovery Beach Assembly of God; StAT USA; Palms Health and Wellness; WVCB 1410 Christian Radio; Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; Brunswick Crisis Consortium; B.A.C.K. O.F.F. of Brunswick; Heroin Anonymous; Gateway Landing Ministries; Lowe’s Foods Community Table; Sneads Ferry Hope; North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E.; Brunswick Treatment Court; Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce; and Integrated Family Services.
A great big thank you to SweetCakes Bakery, Seafood Hut Food Truck and Stephen Roberts of NCPCC who each provided and served delicious food!
We were able to provide a Kid’s Corner with activities thanks to Coastal Events, Nobles Professional Grounds Management and the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department. These activities included a bounce house, face painting, painting encouragement rocks and touring the fire truck!
We would also like to thank Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation for providing the power and lights for the event!
Thank you to Guy C. Lee Building Materials of Shallotte for donating chairs for use! Thank you to The Bridge Church for also donating chairs!
Thank you to all the other organizations and volunteers who came together to make this event possible! It took so many! It took us ALL! And TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SAVE LIVES!!! WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED!