Regional Events Calendar
August 30, 2016: Newark, DE – 4th Annual Addiction Medicine Symposium: The Heroin Epidemic, Christiana Health Care. The conference, designed for a wide audience of professionals who interact with those struggling with addiction, features experts in the area of addiction treatment & research to address the heroin epidemic, including how we got here and effective treatment options, and to provide an update on what Delaware is doing to address this epidemic. Registration is $45.
September 12, 2016: Washington, DC – Light the Way 5K Fun Walk/Run, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. This walk begins at Nationals Park and ends on the Nationals baseball field. The race benefits the many programs and services CLB provides to people of all ages who are blind, have low vision, and DeafBlind in the Washington, DC metro area. Opportunities are available to act as a guide to a runner or walker.
September 16 & 17, 2016: Baltimore, MD – Annual RAA Skydive, Rising Above Addiction. Money raised will help cover treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
September 19, 2016: Phoenix, MD – Martha’s Place Golf Tournament, Martha’s Place. This bramble-style tournament will have giveaways, contests, competitive golf, and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to Martha’s Place, a recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction and homelessness.
October 2, 2016: Homestead, PA – NAMIWalks Southwestern Pennsylvania, National Alliance on Mental Health. These walks support organizations that host education programs, facilitate support groups, provide mental health trainings, advocate for access to services, and offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness.
October 10, 2016: Washington, DC – March for Dignity and Change for Mental Health ~ Destination Dignity, Dignity Mental Health Coalition. This national march is a collaborative project for change and public engagement around mental health in America. The focus is to bring people from around the world and nation together, with people affected by mental health conditions in the lead, to create energy and solidarity for a more supportive nation. #MHDignityMarch.
October 15, 2016: Glen Allen, VA – NAMIWalks Virginia, National Alliance on Mental Health. These walks support organizations that host education programs, facilitate support groups, provide mental health trainings, advocate for access to services, and offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness.
November 12, 2016: Washington, DC – Walk & 5K to End HIV: A 30 Year Journey, Whitman-Walker Health. This walk is meant to raise awareness about the HIV epidemic and raise money to provide health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
August 27, 2016: Baltimore, MD – Recovery Got Talent. This event is a fundraiser to help with the 10th Annual Baltimore Recovery Walk event expenses. Individual can sign up to showcase their talents in 3 rounds leading up to the finals on September 10, 2016 at the Annual Recovery Walk event.
August 28, 2016: Lancaster, PA – Lancaster County Recovery Day and Walk. This event will feature Sober Nation founder, Tim Stoddart as speaker, music by percussion trio “Portal Percussion,” and Recovery Walk (1.7 mi) through Lancaster to announce that Recovery is possible and is happening! Afterwards, there will be an all you can eat BBQ during the Lancaster Barnstormer baseball game at 2pm.
August 31, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA – FED UP! Rally. On the same day as International Overdose Awareness Day, this rally calls for a federal response to the opioid epidemic. The family friendly event will have speakers, advocates, community recovery organizations, information tables, a DJ, and more.
August 31, 2016: Rockville, MD – International Overdose Awareness Day: A Ceremony of Remembrance, S.O.U.L. This event aims to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug related death, and acknowledge the grief felt by loved ones. The family friendly event will have speakers, advocates, community recovery organizations, information tables, a DJ, and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September 3, 2016: Wilkes-Barre, PA – Addiction Awareness Walk. This event is meant to promote awareness and recovery options. It is organized by a local (closed) Facebook group, Addiction and Recovery Members Ending Drug Abuse, which was founded as a way to reach out to others who are affected in any way by addiction. The even will feature a DJ, balloon art, a basket auction, face painting, 50/50 raffle, food, and speakers. The primary contact, other than through Facebook (search groups), is Evette Wermuth: call (570) 817-1410 or email email@example.com.
September 5, 12, 19, 26 2016: Marion, VA – Ohana Recovery Workshops, Ohana Center for Recovery. This is a series of educational workshops each Monday evening in September. Topics include substance use, addiction, underage drinking, talking to your teenager and most importantly recovery.
September 10, 2016: Richmond, VA – 12th Annual Recovery Fest/7th Annual BBQ State Championship, McShin Foundation. The event will have vendors, food, family activities, music, corn hole, non-profits, and more!
September 10, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA – 1st Annual Pittsburgh Recovery Walk. The event will be led by Mayor Bill Peduto and include other guest speakers, live music, wellness workshops, and recover resources. It aims to dispel the negative stigma associated with addiction and celebrate the road to recovery and those who have traveled them. #PghRecoveryWalk
September 10, 2016: Rockville, MD – Lights of Hope Recovery Celebration. This candle-lighting ceremony will celebrate the lives of those in recovery from addiction, offer hope to those still struggling, and honor the lives of those lost. There will be live music and speakers. Call 301-525-6183 for more information.
September 10, 2016: Baltimore, MD – Baltimore’s 10th Annual Recovery Walk. This free event celebrates the Baltimore Recovery Community and their families. There will be food, fun, fellowship, DJ, Recovery Idol finals, and more.
September 10, 2016: Chevy Chase, MD – ‘2016’ B.A.D. Girls’ Expo, Women of Exchange. This is a faith-based event, Celebrating Life! and the 7th Annual Festival of Freedom B.A.D. Girls’ Expo. The expo is designed to bring women together from various walks of life, celebrating the life of recovery in all it’s forms, through the power of a spiritual awakening. The even includes breakfast and lunch, games, and door prizes.
September 11, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA – 13th Annual Recovery Sports Link, Ireta and Community Care Behavioral Health. This event is a collection of addiction professionals, individuals in recovery, and others that sit together at a MLB game (Pirates vs. Reds).
September 17, 2016: Philadelphia, PA – Annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walks. The event will be led the Honor Guard, which is composed of people with 10+ years of recovery. The walk will celebrate recovery and work to end the stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction.
September 18, 2016: Lock Haven, PA – 2nd Annual Rally for Recovery. The event will feature a walk/run, speakers, bounce house, a concert, a fashion show, and a lot more.
September 18, 2016: Washington, DC – 4th Annual FED UP! Rally. This rally is a call for immediate, coordinated and comprehensive federal action to end the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs.
September 20, 2016: Harrisburg, PA – Recovery Advocacy Day – Courage to Change. This rally supports recovery and shares stories of recovery with legislators and other advocates from all across Pennsylvania.
September 23, 2016: Meadville, PA – 5th Annual Recovery Celebration: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery. This event aims to raise awareness about mental health and/or substance use disorders, and share stories of recovery. It will have information tables, coffee, donuts, pizza, music, and speakers.
September 23, 2016: Huntington, WV – Recovery Celebration – Recovery-4-A-Change: Minds Change, Lives Change, Families Change, Communities Change. This event aims to raise awareness about mental health and/or substance use disorders, and share stories of recovery. It includes live music, activities for kids, food trucks, and inspiring stories of recovery and a recovery time accounting for everyone present.
September 24, 2016: Gaithersburg, MD – 11th Annual Wells/Robertston House Recovery Picnic: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery, Wells/Robertson House. This event aims to raise awareness about mental health and substance use disorders and share stories of recovery. The picnic will have games, a live DJ, guest speakers, food, and a moon bounce. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALKS
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. These events raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
September 10, 2016: Indian Head, MD – Charles County/Southern MD Walk.
September 10, 2016: Bladensburg, MD – PG County Walk.
September 17, 2016: Westminster, MD – Carroll County Walk.
September 17, 2016: Chester, MD – Mid-Shore Maryland Walk.
September 18, 2016: Rockville, MD – Montgomery County Walk.
September 18, 2016: Hurlock, MD – Dorchester County Walk.
September 24, 2016: Hagerstown, MD – Hagerstown Walk.
September 24, 2016: Ocean City, MD – Ocean City Walk.
September 24, 2016: Annapolis, MD – Annapolis Walk.
October 1, 2016: Columbia, MD – Howard County Walk.
October 1, 2016: Elkton, MD – Cecil County Walk.
October 8, 2016: Frederick, MD – Frederick Walk.
October 15, 2016: Bel Air, MD – Harford County Walk.
October 22, 2016: Washington, D.C. – 10th Annual Washington DC Walk.
November 5, 2016: Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Walk.
April 27, 2017: Westminster, MD – Drug and Violence Awareness Expo, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Speakers will discuss violence, rape, gangs, and substance use disorders.
June 10, 2017: Westminster, MD – Running for Recovery. This event features a 5 mile run and a 1 mile kids Fun Run. All proceeds will go to Rising Above Addiction, which provides awareness, support, and financial assistance in an effort to save youth and young adults from addiction and substance misuse.