WILMINGTON — This weekend, community leaders will join with the local grassroots group Heart of Wilmington to discuss their latest efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and to remember those who have lost their lives to it.
The free event with be held in the Rotary Gardens at Greenfield Lake (adjacent to the Hugh Morton Amphitheater) on Saturday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include food, live music, and remarks from local leaders who have devoted time and energy to the battle against opioids.
Speakers will include:
- State senator Harper Peterson
- Michelle Scott, U.S. Attorney’s Office
- Mitch Cunningham, Former Deputy Wilmington Police Chief
- Buffy Hughes Taylor, Coastal Horizons, Quick Response Team
- Krista the “Sober Momster”
- Rachel Beverly
- Tim Capps
- Andrew ‘Clean and Serene’ Catallozzi
- Randy Evans, Walking Tall, closing prayer
Live music will be performed by The Abby Elmore Band. Food will be available from the Bill’s Front Porch Food Truck (including their popular fried chicken). Free snow cones will also be provided to help beat the heat.
There will also be about 20 vendors, showcasing resources and support options. Wilmington Funeral and Cremation will purple flowers for remembrances.
Donations will be accepted to help Heart of Wilmington “continue to make a difference in the community as we work to ‘Get the H out of Wilmington’ through recovery assistance, education, events and community organization.”
If you cannot make the event, but would like to donate to Heart Of Wilmington, please visit paypal.me/heartofwilmington. If you need a receipt of donation for tax purposes, email Pete@heartofwilmington.org. You can find details about Heart of Wilmington and this event on Facebook.