ATLANTIC CITY — Addiction rates and overdose deaths are two things law enforcement, legislators, treatment providers and communities are focused on, with good reason.

But the Stop the Heroin organization wants communities to focus on something else as well: successful recovery.

The organization, founded by Bill and Tammy Schmincke, of Egg Harbor Township, will hold its Recovery Celebration Walk in Atlantic City on Saturday to celebrate sobriety from addiction. Founders say staying sober for even just one day is an accomplishment for anyone in recovery.

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There will be guest speakers, music, prize raffles, food vendors and a walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

There are no fees or donation goals required to participate in the walk, but organizers say donations are appreciated. Stop the Heroin will use any proceeds to help fund its mission to help place people in sober living homes.

The nonprofit organization has helped 48 people enter sober living since its inception in April. The Schminckes opened Steven’s Place, a men’s sober living home, in Pleasantville in December.

The walk will take place almost one year to the day Bill and Tammy Schmincke lost their son, Steven, who died at 26 years old from a heroin overdose. His death inspired them to create the organization to help others find treatment and recovery.

Walk participants are encouraged to come with signs and messages relating to their experiences with addiction and recovery. People will walk a total of 1.4 miles from Kennedy Plaza in front of Boardwalk Hall to Central Pier and back.

Guest speaker Dave Sholler, vice president of Communications for the Philadelphia 76ers, will talk about sober living and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, will speak about Narcan accessibility.

Stop the Heroin volunteers will provide some water and snack, and food will also be available to purchase from vendors on site.

To register individually or as a team online, and to donate, visit


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Previously interned and reported for, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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