Over 175 people attended the Voices of Hope Recovery Gratitude Banquet on February 15, 2020 at Rosewood Farms in Elkton, Maryland. The venue was a beautiful setting for a celebration of recovery and community leaders who make a difference in the battle against addiction in Cecil County.
Opening remarks were given by Robin Rickard, Deputy Director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center. She stated Governor Hogan supports community organizations like Voices of Hope that form as a response and help to address opioid related deaths.
Elkton Police Officer Jokob Brown credited his parents for raising him with the direction and support to treat all individuals with respect and dignity. His humble speech moved the crowd to give a standing ovation.
Richard Raftery, Peer Advocate at the Cecil County Health Department, attributed his drive and tireless service to his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Linda Williams, Executive Director of Addiction Connections Resource, shared her journey of helping individuals and families access treatment in her community to leading this nonprofit that has made a large impact in Harford and Cecil Counties and throughout Maryland.
Chris Pederson, Vice President of Evolve Life Centers, shared his experience, strength and hope that treatment and recovery will someday be readily accessible to anyone seeking help for addiction, anywhere.
Dr. Niaz was awarded the Cecil County Medical Provider of the Year award for his outstanding service to individuals seeking emergency medical care in Cecil County.
Bob Gauss was surprised to be given the Voices of Hope Volunteer of the Year Award for his selfless service and transportation assistance given to many individuals seeking access to treatment.
This fundraiser by Voices of Hope, Inc. raised almost $8,000 for individuals seeking treatment and recovery supports in Cecil County. THANK YOU to all our sponsors, supporters and those who donated and purchased from the silent auction. Your generosity, compassion and action makes a difference in our community.