Many months of hard work, eye-opening learning, cherished new relationships and the broader support of our fellow Lions, friends, neighbors, public safety, community organizations, state representatives, sponsors and a huge cross section of our surrounding communities culminated in a fun and moving night for everyone in attendance. It was truly amazing and inspiring to see so many who have turned their heartbreak and tragedy into giving hope and healing to so many in need. We are in awe of your strength!
A very special thank you to so many who shared their stories with us on this journey. Sadly, there are too many to name but please know that you have touched so many hearts and by sharing your story, you are giving hope to those that are struggling with this tragic epidemic.
It is our hope that the benefit not only raised much needed funds to help support these incredible front-line organizations, but more importantly raised awareness of this crisis, helped to erase the stigma associated with substance abuse disorder and to let those who are suffering know that you are not alone. We are all your friends and there is hope. We will 'Rise Up!'
We are so grateful to the many organizations and programs like the SAFE Coalition, Learn to Cope, #2069, Gilly's House, Leap Program, Teen Challenge and Unconditional Love that are working tirelessly to help those in need and their families. If you can, please take some time to learn more about them and the resources available. If you have time, please volunteer and reach out! We need you!
On behalf of the Norfolk Lions, our most heartfelt thank you!
A big Lion's shout out to YANKEE SPIRITS in Norwood for their generous donation in sponsoring our Dance The Night Away Social Benefit! Thank you for "Joining the Cause!"
Pictured from left to right: Joe Fisher (Yankee Spirits), Isaac Macy (Yankee Spirits), Don Ackerman (Yankee Spirits), Bill Hawkins (Norfolk Lions), Ed Melanson (Norfolk Lions)