The 3rd Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk was held on Saturday, August 5th at the Franklin Fireman’s Pavilion. The walk was attended by over 400 participants and raised over $30,000 for the Center for Prevention and Counseling to provide treatment and recovery support to those in need.
This annual walk which began in 2015, was started to honor two Sussex County men, Eric Burns and George Tizzano, who lost their lives to drug overdoses but also to change the conversation and reduce stigma associated with addiction. Eric’s mother, Mary and George’s mother, Elaine work hard each year to help make this event a great success.
We were able to enjoy a wonderful day together to remember those we have lost to addiction. Attendees enjoyed hearing from not only Senator Steve Oroho, but also stories of recovery from those in attendance. Music was provided by DJ Skyhook as well as Kathy Moser, an award-winning songwriter. Kyle Kirm of KJKM Productions donated his time to be at the event and produced a video at the conclusion of the day, you can see his final work at www.facebook.com/kjkmproductions. We hope that you will Save the Date for our 4th Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk on August 4th, 2018!
A special thank you goes out to our Partner Level Sponsors
Changing the Face of Addiction Walk
People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Changing the Face of Addiction was held on August 5th 2017. Children, families and adults from all over New Jersey walked in memory of George and Eric. The event will included a one and a half mile walk, speakers, refreshments, music and local resources.
The Center is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit agency located in Newton, NJ. Our mission, since 1973, has been to promote hope, health and recovery among all people by creating an environment that is safe and free from the effects of substance abuse and addiction. The Center provides substance abuse prevention, evaluation, counseling and recovery services to Sussex County children, teens, adults and families regardless of cultural background, socioeconomic status, age, gender or sexual orientation.