BETHLEHEM, PA—The community is invited to come together to discuss and help raise awareness of the opioid crisis in our nation through the 6th annual Lehigh Valley Fed Up Rally at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
Due to limited gathering sizes and COVID-19 regulations, attendance at this year’s rally will be limited. Anyone who wants to attend must register for a free ticket online here. All guests attending the event will be required to adhere to CDC, state and City of Bethlehem guidelines pertaining to social distancing, mask wearing and safety. Guests are encouraged to bring their own candles because the rally will not be providing candles this year to attendees.
The Lehigh Valley Fed Up Rally is designed to raise awareness of the issues of drug overdose and reduce the stigma associated with people who have lost their battles with the disease of substance use disorder. The event is a candlelight vigil, coupled with a slide show to remember those who have been lost and to support the victims’ families. This year’s theme is about making a difference in the lives of those that suffer from substance abuse.
The Lehigh Valley Fed Up Rally will feature remarks by:
Linda Johnson, Voices For Change President and founder of Lehigh Valley Fed Up Rally
Chuck Deprill, Co-founder of Corey & Kimberly’s Ride
Lisa Wolff, Senior Manager for Community Outreach at Center for Humanistic Change
Rhonda Miller, Executive Director of Speak Up For Ben and the Oasis Community Center
Donna Jacobsen, President of Reach LV Youth Recovery Center
Jeremy Rios, community advocate for raising awareness of the issue of addiction.
“This event commemorates the loved ones lost to substance abuse disorder. It educates the community, reduces the shame and stigma and it calls for change to save lives in our community” says Johnson. “It is important now more than ever that we shine the spotlight on this issue. As our community was hit with COVID-19 and we were asked to quarantine and stay home, those suffering from substance abuse disorder could not readily get the treatment they need in the form of support meetings and recovery events.”
For more information on the Fed Up Rally visit the Facebook event page.
Information provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest