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Center for Prevention Holds Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk

Donald K. Hallcom Ph.D, Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Becky Carlson Executive Director Center for Prevention and Counseling and Elaine Tizzano Teacher Walk Organizer Credits: Annmarie Shafer
Credits: Annmarie Shafer
Credits: Annmarie Shafer
Credits: Annmarie Shafer

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling hosted their Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk for the second year in a row at the Franklin Fireman’s Pavilion on Saturday, August 6.

“The event was a great success with close to 425 people participating, and was inspired by two local mothers, Mary Burns and Elaine Tizzano, who lost their sons to addiction” said Jenn Boyle, the sponsorship chairperson at The Center for Prevention and Counseling.

“The yearly walk highlights awareness about substance use disorders, encourages an understanding of people living with addiction and helps to promote multiple pathways of recovery.”

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The Center for Prevention and Counseling’s Executive Director, Becky Carlson and New Jersey State Senator Steve Oroho, R-24 District, spoke of the importance of participating in events that bring awareness to the community about addiction and recovery supports before the walk began.

Father ‘Bogie’ from Immaculate Conception Church in Franklin began the day with a prayer for everyone affected by addiction. Before heading out on the one and a half mile walk, Darlene Pallay, of CKO Franklin, got everyone warmed up with a few exercises.

Participants had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast from Bagel Bistro in Andover and lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs donated by Eagle Food Services. People of all ages from all over Sussex County and beyond, were able to mingle during lunch and listen to music that was provided by the band, “Inner Vision.”  

A presentation led by Burns and Tizzano featured local community members who shared their personal stories of what recovery means to them. “This was a highlight of the annual event and many speakers emphasized the significance of publicly sharing their own personal recovery in hopes that others would be encouraged to reach out for help,” said Boyle.

Sponsors of the event included:

  • Hardyston/Franklin Municipal Alliance
  • Summit Oaks Hospital
  • Sbrocco International, Inc.
  • Recovery Centers of America
  • Lash Spa Studio
  • First Light Counseling
  • Lightroom Studios
  • Mark Lindsay & Sons Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
  • New Perspectives Health Care
  • North Jersey Counseling Associates, LLC
  • Lakeside Tire & Auto Center
  • School Safety Solutions
  • Thor Computing, LLC
  • The Vernon Coalition
  • Greco Landscaping
  • The Sbrocco Family
  • FBN Buildes of NJ
  • The Bacolas Family
  • Barbara and Michael Borys
  • Frank Casella
  • Don & Nan DeVore
  • Gary & Kattie Ellis
  • The Fanuel Family
  • Tom & Vickey Turner
  • Jill Helmstetter
  • Michael & Barbara Flaherty
  • Patricia Nicomini
  • Senator Steve Oroho
  • FOP Lodge #57
  • United States Gypsum
  • Steffens & Steffens
  • St. John Business Services

This year’s walk exceeded the monetary goal that the Center for Prevention and Counseling was trying to raise by $20,000 in donations. All money raised will go directly to helping individuals and families in Sussex County in need of substance use disorder treatments.

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