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For the Love of Community Recovery Gratitude Banquet Feb. 2020

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.

Platinum Sponsors:

Recovery Centers of America – Bracebridge Hall
Cecil County Office of the State’s Attorney

To access all the awesome photographs taken that evening by David Heitur Photography, please click this link.

Voices of Hope

Fighting for Families Recovery Banquet 2019

Voices of Hope invites you to attend our 4th Annual Gratitude Banquet on March 23, 2019 at NorthBay in North East, Maryland. This fundraiser is our opportunity to show appreciation for those who have made an impact on the fight for recovery in Cecil County. This year’s theme is “Fighting for Families” and will allow us to shine a light on individuals whose compassion is outstanding.

Our main speaker will be Judge Jane Murray, Associate Judge for the Cecil County Circuit Court. A graduate from Elkton High School and past Attorney for the Domestic Violence Program, Judge Murray understands the culture of our community and the challenges of families struggling for a new life in recovery.

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Please join us in celebrating this year’s amazing honorees:

Jennifer LePore – for her selfless service supporting Voices of Hope and Healing Hearts – our overdose death grief support group.

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Karen and her daughter Courtney, who passed March, 2011

Karen Prettyman-Bishop and Addiction Connections Resource – for compassionate and dedicated support of Cecil County people in recovery, notably the Mommy & Me Oxford House in Elkton.

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Lorri Irrgang – with Maryland Coalition of Families, for going above and beyond to help Cecil County families struggling with addiction to find recovery supports and a voice for self advocacy.

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Jack and one of his many close friends!

Jack Foraker – for being the “Rock of Sobriety” for Cecil County. Life-long resident of North East and currently Executive Director of Haven House, he has been a model of service and recovery for over 35 years.

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Voices of Hope Gratitude Banquet 2018

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Voices of Hope hosted a banquet to express our gratitude for all of the Cecil County First Responders who administered Narcan and first aid to individuals experiencing an overdose in 2017.  This event was sold out beyond capacity.  In attendance were first responders, public safety officers, politicians and town officials, small business owners, treatment providers, people in recovery, family members and recovery supporters.

A recorded 587 people experienced an overdose in 2017 in Cecil County.  71 were fatal.  We credit our first responders and the increased availability and use of Narcan for those lives saved.  We chose to acknowledge and honor Officers First Class Jeremy Fuller and Thomas Saulsbury from the Elkton Police Department for saving Erin Woodie, a young mother from Cecil County.  Erin read the police report that was filed that day at the banquet.  She talked about her family and their gratitude for the Officers’ actions and humane treatment that day.  She credits them for saving her life, as she now is experiencing long term recovery.

photos by Jane Bellmyer, Cecil Whig

Also honored was Shelley Smith, a volunteer of Voices of Hope, Inc. for her grateful service and willingness to help achieve our mission.  We presented her with the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

Although music and dancing was available, most people opted for the free Narcan training at the end of the night, hosted by Mike Massuli and Katie Carroll from the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center.  24 people received the training and took home the life saving medication.

Please check out all the photos from the night on our Facebook page or #VOHBanquet2018

We are so grateful for the sponsors and supporters that made this night such a success, thank you!

Union Hospital of Cecil County

Ashley Addiction Treatment

Project Chesapeake

Cecil College

Recovery Centers of America

A and M Tent Tents

A & M Elegant Affairs

David Heitur Fotograph

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

Chesapeake Bay Coffee Co.

DJ Jim Thornton

Your Personal Chef Catering

Delegate Kevin Hornberger

American Home & Hardware

Kristin Lewis

Elkton Carpet & Tile

Back Creek Golf Club

Timeless Body Arts

Youth Empowerment Source

Rebs Used Cars

Addiction Connections Resource (ACR)

Al Miller

Bill Coutz

I do! Weddings

Nancy Simpers

Tower Business Systems

Charlotte Howard

Rippin’ Hot Sauce Company

Oxford House of Delaware

Beacon Health Options