OUTREACH'S 1st ANNUAL JOHN BROWER Jr. FOUNDATION 5K WALK TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS OF THOSE STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE
October 1, 2015 -- Outreach and The John Brower, Jr. Foundation will hold the first 5K Walk at Jones Beach State Park to raise funds and awareness of substance abuse on Long Island. The event, organized by the parents and siblings of John Brower, Jr., who died of an opiate addiction at age 25 in 2014, will honor John's memory.
All proceeds from the walk will benefit the expansion and enhancement of drug and alcohol treatment and training services at Outreach, a metro New York agency dedicated to helping teens and adults fight their drug and alcohol addictions. The 1st Annual Outreach John Brower, Jr. Foundation 5K Walk will be held at Jones Beach Field #5 on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the walk begins at 10:00 am.
The Brower Family in December 2013. Left to Right: John, Jr., Jody, John, Sr., Kristen and Robert.
John Brower's family formed the foundation to heighten awareness about substance abuse and to help raise money to end the drug epidemic, recently surging on Long Island. After being introduced to Outreach shortly after their son's passing, the Brower's were impressed by the organization's dedication to helping those struggling with addiction and decided that they would raise funds for the agency. To date, the Brower family has donated more than $16,000 to Outreach and have committed to contributing even more.
"After losing John, we felt it was imperative to bring awareness to this issue," said John Brower, Sr. "We don't want another family to experience the heartbreak we went through."
Outreach has been providing services to help individuals rebuild their lives since 1980. Thousands of teens and adults have drastically changed their lives with the help Outreach provides. The organization has had a measurable positive impact on communities on Long Island as well as in Brooklyn and Queens.
"The Brower story is one we've unfortunately lived too often," said Kathleen Riddle, president of Outreach. "We, as a community, need to do all we can so no other lives are lost. We are incredibly grateful to the Brower family for their dedication and generosity."
To register for the 5K Walk, please contact Marsha Radulov at 718-847-9233 x2310 or email@example.com. Online registration is available at www.johnbrowerjrfoundation.org. The registration fee is $20 and all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you or someone you know needs help with a drug or alcohol problem, please call Outreach, with locations in New York City and Long Island, at 718-847-9233, or visit opiny.org.
For more than 35 years, Outreach has been a premier provider of life-changing substance abuse treatment in New York City and Long Island. The organization is committed to making a difference in the lives of the people it serves. A non-profit organization licensed by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and operates in a safe, empowering and affirming environment.
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