Hope for the opioid crisis at Chesapeake Charities luncheon

Chesapeake Charities will pay tribute to those on the front lines of the opioid crisis and the hope they bring to addicts and families during its “Celebration of Charity” awards luncheon on Thursday, November 16 at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.

“The opioid crisis has impacted the lives of so many in the community, but there is hope that solutions can be found. This uplifting tribute will celebrate the ideas and commitment of our honorees who have given of themselves to find answers,” said Audrey Scott, Chesapeake Charities board chair.

This year’s honorees are Bernie Fowler, Jr., Philanthropist of the Year, Joe Gamble, Volunteer of the Year, and the Samaritan House, Nonprofit of the Year. “We are proud to shine a light on these distinguished honorees who are making a difference for so many,” said Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director. “They are focused on prevention through education and awareness, and rehabilitation through treatment, training, employment and community building.”

The celebration features several prominent presenters involved in efforts to combat the opioid crisis including Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the Governor’s Opioid Operational Command Center. Keynote speaker, Lisa Hillman, development professional and author of Secret No More, A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child, will share her message of hope for recovery from addiction.

First Lady Yumi Hogan will present the Governor Larry Hogan Scholarship to a deserving student who is pursuing a career in medical research. The scholarship was established at the 2016 awards luncheon honoring Governor Hogan.

Tickets for the November 16 event are still available and can be purchased online for $100 each at chesapeakecharities.org/events or by sending a check to Chesapeake Charities, 101 Log Canoe Circle, Suite O, Stevensville, MD 21666.

A community foundation located in Stevensville, Maryland, Chesapeake Charities supports a wide range of charitable causes including arts, education, health and human services, animal welfare, and the environment. All of its 85 component funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. Chesapeake Charities serves organizations in eight counties: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. They have invested more than $9 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or info@chesapeakecharities.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.