As you may or may not know, September is National Recovery Month. There are local events all over the country celebrating recovery from addiction and raising awareness about the disease, to reduce the stigma. This Saturday, September 16, the Nikki Perlow Foundation has organized a unique way to commemorate the month.
Forest of Hope
The Forest of Hope is an event being held in Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County, MD, on Saturday, September 16. The event is an outdoor art installation that the Nikki Perlow Foundation calls a “celebration of life that connects the beauty of art and nature with people who have freed themselves from the grips of drug and alcohol addiction and are thriving in long-term Recovery.” Ultimately, the Foundation hopes to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of addiction through stories of recovery and hope. Trees in the park will be painted by “recovery teams” to commemorate and display the strength and hope that come hand in hand with recovery from addiction. It is the Foundation’s hope that the event can eventually be expanded nationwide as a mass fundraising project. As such, all funds raised by this event will go towards helping struggling addicts and supporting addiction prevention and awareness education. There is no cost for painting a tree, but participants can raise funds on a “paint per foot” basis, as all trees will have 25 linear feet available for painting.
Following the painting will be a Recovery Celebration Picnic at 1:00 PM for all attendees. The cost for a picnic ticket is $25 for adults and $10 for children.
The Nikki Perlow Foundation
The Nikki Perlow Foundation was established by the family of Nikki Perlow, a 21-year old woman who tragically lost her battle with addiction on July 9, 2007. The Foundation aims to help addicts and their families, offering financial, logistical, and emotional support. They provide education and frequently host events supporting addiction awareness and prevention. For more information and to stay up to date on Foundation events, click here.