“Hope Fest” set for Sept. 28 to bring drug awareness

Do Something Inc., an organization which partners with individuals, families and the community to link people in need to resources that encourage, equip and empower, is hosting a “Hope Fest” at the Brown County Fairgrounds September 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..

     Following the deaths of Kyle Foley and Caleb Joy due to drug overdoses, leading figures decided to take a stance against the drug epidemic encroaching upon Brown County and propelled the event around this time last year. Some of these figures include Melissa Tatman, Michelle and Cory Joy, and Pam Gould. 

      The prominent goal of the event, according to volunteer communications director for Do Something Inc., Melissa Tatman, “is to bring community awareness and to connect people” to the available resources around the county. An array of organizations will have booths displaying the resources they have to offer for those who might be seeking help. Tatman says “We want to give them a platform to do something to help.” Another leading goal of the event is to encourage unity within the county. 

      Games for children and adults including a bounce house, face paint and a corn hole tournament, as well as food will be available throughout the event. Those who have lost someone close to drug addiction will be able to commemorate and honor them at the event as well. Opportunities will be given to people on all sides of the addiction spectrum, including friends and family, to connect and support each other. All activities are free and there is no charge for entrance. 

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