By Portia Williams
SOLACE is seeking to continue to spread awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, and direct the community to positive alternatives by hosting Wes Workman Weekend April 18-20.
Ray Seth, volunteer and office manager for SOLACE, said they are looking forward to the Wes Workman Weekend event.
“To memorialize Wes Workman losing his life to substance abuse is what prompted his mother, Jo Anna Donini Krohn to start SOLACE. We decided to have a Wes Workman Weekend for education, prevention, and awareness of drug abuse, as well as substances in general,” Seth said.
He said Wes Workman Weekend will have three components.
“We will have three things going on at the same time. We have the Wes Workman Weekend starting on April 18 through the 20th. The Bob Evans in Portsmouth and New Boston are accepting flyers, and at the time of purchase for your meal, they will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from your purchase to SOLACE,” he said.
He said the Survivor Sweethearts Dance will be an entertaining, positive outlet for the participants.
“In addition, we are doing a Survivor Sweethearts Dance. This is for people that have lost family members, friends, relatives to substance abuse, as well as people from the recovery community that are dealing with those demons on a daily basis, but also helping to better the community by being peer support, or helping other people that are going through addiction,” he said.
He said the weekend events will also serve as healing to the community.
“It is sort of a healing process if you will for the community to get together. The first part of the event will be prevention and educators, and people giving testimonies and speaking. The last three hours of the event will include a live performance from a local D.J., which is myself, and we’ll have RWR which is a local band that talks about the issues within our county, with the substances and drugs, and things of that nature in wanting to help to have a better community,” he said.
The Surviving Our Sweethearts Dance will be held at the 17th Street Armory, on April 19, from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $5 donation per adult, all children will be free with admission of an adult. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. According to Seth, SOLACE will also be selling Wes Workman Weekend shirts, and orders may be place by visiting the Facebook page of Jo Anna Donini Krohn.
For questions regarding the Wes Workman Weekend, contact the SOLACE office at 740-876-8290, or visit the SOLACE Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/solace.survivingourlosses.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.