L to R: Bonnie Wright, Amy Healy, Sean Lewis, Christine Steele, and Carla Billingham.
The event was also a fundraiser for a local non-profit. The Facebook community made suggestions, which were all put on paper in a bowl. Stand Up Salem — a group dedicated to fighting substance misuse and the opioid crisis here in Salem, NH — was randomly drawn from that bowl.
At their request, Sean Lewis, Carla Billingham, and Bonnie Wright met with the Stand Up Salem folks at SalemFest 2016, where we presented them with their check. It was a beautiful day to meet the folks who helped create this coalition to promote community-wide substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
Carla Billingham and Sean Lewis look on as Bonnie Wright speaks to the crowd and presents the check to Amy Healy.
One of Stand Up Salem’s goals is to be able to distribute locking medicine cases, as shown here by Christine Steele, so families with children (or visiting grandkids), can keep dangerous prescriptions away from children, visitors and others who could be tempted to help themselves.
Stand Up Salem will also be doing educational programs, including one on Narcan on November 15.
Susan McLaughlin and the team from Channel 17 were present at SalemFest, when we made the presentation of our check. The Stand Up Salem interviews (presentation of the check to Amy Healy, and a description of Stand Up Salem’s program by Christine Steele) runs from 5:24-12:00. http://220.127.116.11:8889/cablecastapi/embed?show_id=11181
Also in this video are Salem Animal Rescue League (https://www.sarlnh.org); Salem Boys and Girls Club (http://www.salembgc.org), Salem Police Department Community Affairs (http://www.townofsalemnh.org/police-department), and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (https://salemnhcert.samariteam.com)
Carla, Sean and Bonnie were pleased to have been able to help out this worthy cause, and thank all of those who helped us raise these funds.