To The Daily Sun,
I would like to tell you about one very inspiring individual and his drive to provide an outlet for children, troubled teens and addicts who need more places to go to find support, especially in the evenings. I would also like to invite you to help out by joining Mike Fitzpatrick on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 4 - 9 p.m., for a family fun concert at Riverfront Park in Tilton, on the shores of the Winnipesaukee River. There will be two live bands and a DJ between shows. Free chips, soda and water will be provided along with hot dogs and hamburgers for the price of a dollar.
The second event will be a "sober dance" on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Franklin Recovery Community Center at 175 Central St, in Franklin from 6 -10 p.m. There is no cover charge and donations will be gratefully accepted. There will be a raffle and pot luck food. Please join Mike and celebrate National Recovery Month in style. These are opportunities to connect with others while having "Fun" in recovery, as Mike describes it. Families, children and friends are welcome.
Everyone is aware of the terrible drug crisis we are dealing with as we struggle to find more answers and search for more healthy outlets for those battling the ravages of drug addiction, including the families involved. Mike himself is an example of someone who has persevered and now wants to give back to his community while making a positive difference in the lives of those who have the desire to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
Mike's dream is to be able to open a recovery club in the Tilton/Northfield community. This business is registered in Belknap County under the name, Grateful Cafe and Sober Club and Mike is in the process of getting his club registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Mike is hopeful that he can get a local business to donate space for him to run his after hours sober club. The concert and dance are opportunities to raise awareness for this worthwhile endeavor while affording an opportunity for folks to connect with others and make new friends in a safe and sober environment. Won't you please come and join in the fun and introduce yourself to Mike? It is in our DNA to help our neighbors, friends and co-workers in need. That is the heart and soul of the American spirit.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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