The Second Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk, hosted by HOPE Sheds Light, will provide hope and support for families on the Jersey Shore that are affected by addiction.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS – HOPE Sheds Light, a Toms River-based nonprofit dedicated to educating families on the disease of addiction, will host their Second Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk at the Seaside Heights Boardwalk on October 3. The event aims to provide hope and support to those affected by addiction.
Founded in 2012 after co-founder Ron Rosetto lost his son Marc to a battle against substance abuse, HOPE Sheds Light serves to provide help and resources to families affected by addiction. Rosetto, along with fellow co-founders Arvo Prima and Stephen Willis, and a team of board members and volunteers, work year-round to support families suffering from the epidemic of substance abuse that has become widely prevalent at the Jersey Shore in the recent years.
“At the Celebration of HOPE Walk, our community can come together to learn about addiction and recovery and provide hope to those affected by addiction,” said Rosetto. “Often, those suffering don’t know where to turn for help. Our walk offers a community of support.”
Upon registering, participants will receive a free yellow T-shirt before joining together to walk for two miles down the boardwalk. Inspirational speakers will share their experience, strength and hope about recovery through real life stories and attendees will have a chance to post a message of strength on the butterfly tree of hope. The event will also feature a 50/50 drawing. Last year, over 350 participants joined HOPE Sheds Light in spreading their message of recovery at the Celebration of HOPE Walk.
“It was powerful to see so many members of our community to provide hope for those suffering from the addiction epidemic,” said Willis. “We look forward to experiencing the same support this year.”
“It’s a celebration of recovery,” said Prima. “We’re always hearing about the negatives of addiction. But by bringing hope and education to the community, we support each other and those affected. We show recovery is possible. Together, we help each other.”
Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the event on the beach at Hiering Avenue. Participation is free, though a $10 donation is suggested. Those interested are encouraged to visit HOPEShedsLight.org/walk to learn more and to register.
HOPE Sheds Light is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID: 46-3910504) that is supported by friends and families directly affected by addiction, and found recovery through continuous love, support and understanding. Their mission is to educate families on the disease of addiction, including the most prevalent types related to heroin, opiates and prescription drugs, by creating awareness, providing resources and instilling hope to support a healthier community. To learn more about HOPE Sheds Light, please visit HOPEShedsLight.org.