WBCB will be video streaming a candlelight vigil on WBCB1490.com tonight, Tuesday, August 28, from the Robbinsville Community Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to raise awareness for the prevalence of addiction.
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, and with an opioid crisis ravaging Mercer and Bucks Counties and the United States as a whole, it is more important than ever for people to realize the challenges addicts face. In Mercer County, 55 people died from overdoses and the number has doubled for 2018 so far.
The park, located at the intersection of Manor Way and Gordon Road in Robbinsville, will be open to anyone who lost a friend or family member to addiction. The event will also act as a moment of strength as people are welcome to light a candle for anyone who is a recovering addict.
Assistant Executive Director at the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County Barbara Sprechman wants people to understand the importance of tonight’s candlelight vigil.
“This is a great evening to memorialize those who we’ve lost and celebrate those who are still on the journey to recovery,” Sprechman said. “People are invited to bring mementos of their loved ones: a pair of shoes, a picture, something.”
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Robbinsville Township, and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County are collaborating to host the event, which will feature a memorial table, recovery resources, and a drop box for old and unused medication.
Speakers at the event will include Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J Onofri and Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried. Mark Manning and Adrienne Petta will also be telling their personal stories of addiction.
Westminster Choir College student Donovon Black, who has won numerous competitions and awards, will be singing the National Anthem to start the event. More than 250 people are expected to attend and 35 vendors and organizations will be setting up tables.
Anyone seeking more information is asked to call 609-259-3600 ext. 1102.