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Fifth annual Recovery Rock Fest this weekend, free event to support addiction recovery

WILMINGTON — The fifth-annual Recovery Rock Festival will be held this weekend at Hugh MacRae Park.

According to organizer Nyla Cione, “Recovery Rock Fest is a nonprofit all-volunteer event supported by musicians donating their time offering inspirational music with a message, along with many volunteers who help support the cause.”

The event kicks off with a free “recovery walk,” supported by Wilmington Health. There will also be a ‘recovery resource information tent’ supported by Trillium Health Resources. The event will offer food, games, a “Kiz Zone coloring table,” and 50/50 raffle.

“It has been reported that one in seven people as young as 12 will have an issue with addiction and it’s estimated some 40 million people are affected with Wilmington having been number one in opioid abuse in the state,” Cione said. “Recovery Rock Fest’s message and mission is to inspire that recovery is possible. Those in recovery come together in unity to inspire the one that still suffers, celebrate, and show that recovery is possible, and remember those we have lost to addiction.”

The event will feature Wilmington-based band Outtake13 who are providing their song “Warrior” as the theme of the event; the band will headline a list of acoustic musicians.

“We always end with a recovery countdown to show recovery is possible and continue on with honoring the names of those we have lost to the disease of addiction,” Cione said.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Hugh MacRae Park in park shelters 5 and 6 (near the splash pad and equestrian ring). Recovery Walk registration starts at 9 a.m. and the Recovery Walk will be held from 10 – 11 a.m.

Donation opportunities and additional information is available at www.recoveryrockfest.com. 

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