ATLANTIC CITY — Addiction advocates, experts, support groups and prevention and treatment organizations want people to know that recovery is possible with the right support.
AtlantiCare, in partnership with other South Jersey prevention and treatment organizations, will host the BoardWALK for Recovery event Saturday in Atlantic City during National Recovery Month to celebrate and support those working to stay clean, sober and healthy.
“We and these partners focus on providing care and services so essential to those facing addiction and substance use disorder,” Samantha Kiley, executive director of the AtlantiCare Foundation, said in a statement.
The event will start at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, with registration and entertainment from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Selected speakers will then give remarks before the 10 a.m. walk, which will be a one-mile loop from the plaza to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and back. Food and promotional and resource tables will be open.
The walk is free to all who register at atlanticare.org/event/boardwalk-for-recovery or 609-407-2244. A $20 donation will get participants a walk T-shirt, and a $30 donation will get them a T-shirt and a Steel Pier wrist band.
The Hope One Atlantic County mobile recovery unit will be at the event to provide prevention, treatment and recovery resources and other services from 8 a.m. to noon.
Event partner sponsors include Atlantic Prevention Resources, Behavioral Crossroads, The Hansen Foundation, John Brooks Recovery Center and Recovery Force of Atlantic County.
Money raised during the event will go toward community recovery support initiatives, including the launch of a community calendar of events for those in recovery.
Immediately following the walk at 12:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza will be the RALLY FINALE: New Jersey Rally for Recovery event, which will feature guest speaker Tara Connor, a recovery advocate and Miss USA 2016.
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