Beebe Healthcare and community members will join together from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, to create awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding addiction.
Beebe Goes Purple is a free event and open to the public in coordination with Sussex County Health Coalition’s Delaware Goes Purple Initiative. The event will be held at Hudson Fields in Milton, thanks to the generosity of Christian and Julie Hudson.
“By Going Purple, our community can make a difference. We can choose to support one another, embrace empathy for those struggling with addiction, and to celebrate those in recovery,” said Kim Blanch, RN, community services manager with Beebe Healthcare’s Population Health.
“This event will offer resources and a step toward connecting, informing, and creating awareness in the community that addiction should not be stigmatized,” Blanch said. “We need to let those who are struggling with substance use disorder know that they are not alone, and that by coming together, we can offer support and share our stories. Realizing that every one of us is touched by addiction in some way will help us shed the stigma.”
All ages are welcome to attend to hear from local speakers, connect to resources, listen to live music, participate in a raffle, and enjoy food and ice cream from Zogg’s Sea Hogg Food Truck and Two Dips. Both trucks will donate a portion of their proceeds to Beebe’s Population Health through the Beebe Medical Foundation.
Hope for Success, a local student band, will kick off the festivities at 5:30 p.m. The audience will then be welcomed by Beebe’s Behavioral Health nurses, who will highlight the resources available at the event and introduce the speakers.
Mike Lewis, a Beebe Healthcare team member, will share his story of recovery. Scott Kammerer of SoDel Concepts also will share his insights and the power of a second chance.
“SoDel Concepts was founded on second chances,” Kammerer said. “Matt Haley was a testament to that, and our company is committed to honoring our past, and continuing the tradition of giving opportunities to people who have struggled with addiction.”
Resources available that evening include Narcan training, Attack Addiction’s educational room, acupuncturists offering the NADA Protocol, Deterra Drug Deactivation System, community and facility resources, and more.
The event will wrap up with a show from the Stumble, a band made up of Beebe Emergency Department team members.
Hudson Fields is located at 30045 Eagles Crest Road, Milton.