The 2nd annual Recovery Month picnic, hosted by Celebrate Recovery in Washington, MO, was held on September 11, 2010. This event focused on bringing forth a passionate message that “recovery is the place to be”. Event Coordinator Debbie Luxton, Assimilation Coach for Celebrate Recovery First Christian Church and newly elected Missouri Recovery Network Council member, sought out speakers, entertainment and sponsors who believe in recovery and have a message of hope to share.
This year’s event featured several guest speakers, including: Franklin County Detective Sergeant Jason Grellner, who delivered facts on drug usage in Franklin County and how the Narcotics Unit is taking action; Missouri Recovery Network Project Director Brenda Schell shared information about the Missouri Recovery Network and the importance of advocating for recovery; Joseph Hahne, Executive Director of Archangel Ministries, shared his personal testimony of recovery with great enthusiasm and encouragement; and Washington, Missouri Mayor Sandy Lucy shared words of encouragement, lead everyone in a moment of silence for 9/11 and presented a proclamation she signed for the city of Washington.
Musical entertainment included “The First Christian Church Recovery Month Band” and Ashley Cleveland. Ashley is a three-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner who has personal experience with addiction and recovery. Her performance was outstanding!
The event also offered children’s activities, BBQ, attendance prizes and addiction/recovery information from various organizations in the Franklin County area. Approximately 100 people were in attendance. The local radio stations in Washington, KLPW and KWMO, provided outstanding support to Celebrate Recovery through on-air interviews and advertising. Brian Nieves, 98th District Representative, was also a great supporter of the Celebrate Recovery faith-based recovery program. Many local merchants also came out to help provide food and prizes for the event. Volunteers from Celebrate Recovery of First Christian Church-Union and Celebrate Recovery of Victory Church-St. Clair joined in to make this event a successful community outreach program.