HOPE Sheds Light hosts successful 1st Annual Evening of HOPE
The Ocean County nonprofit recently honored The Walter R. Earle Foundation.
By: HOPE Sheds Light
HOPE Sheds Light's goal through its 1st Annual Evening of HOPE was to honor the many people and corporations who have helped make its work possible and to continue to unite the community and bring awareness to the disease of addiction and the opioid epidemic.
In a room filled with over 200 people, HOPE Sheds Light achieved that goal by offering hope to so many through its inspirational ceremony and award presentation to the Earle Family, in honor of The Walter R. Earle Foundation. HOPE Sheds Light also unveiled its new mission video, which can be viewed on its Facebook page. Musical entertainment was provided by the Ever After Band featuring Rich Genoval and Cat London. Chris Pinnella also made a surprise musical appearance singing his own rendition of "Halleluiah."
"Everyone at HOPE Sheds Light would like thank all of our wonderful sponsors, partners and friends who made our 1st Annual Evening of HOPE possible," said Pamela Capaci, CEO of HOPE Sheds Light. "The evening was truly a celebration of gratitude. As we look to the future, our desire is to continue to grow and support families in ever-widening circles."
Founded in 2012 after co-founder Ron Rosetto lost his son Marc to a battle against substance abuse, HOPE Sheds Light acts as a voice of hope in a community in desperate need of knowing that recovery is possible. Along with Co-founders Arvo Prima and Stephen Willis, and a team of board members and volunteers, HSL aims to shed light into the shadows of stigma and fear.
"We believe that putting a familiar face to addiction through the sharing of our stories, we are sending a new message… one that hope carries to you and your family, which says: You are not alone and people can and do recover," said Ron Rosetto, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. "Since the families and friends of those with addiction problems often feel isolated, ashamed, overwhelmed and hopeless, HOPE Sheds Light was created to provide direction, resources and hope toward recovery. We are passionate about helping anyone in need, and we have created this organization to provide those individuals with the resources they need to find hope for a future free from drug addiction."
Looking to the future, HOPE Sheds Light will lead into the spring and summer season with a host of events including the 2nd Annual HOPE Rises Concert: An Evening of Chris Pinnella on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at The Grunin Center at Ocean County College, the 2nd Annual Day of HOPE on Saturday, June 15th at 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River, and the 6th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk on Saturday, September 7, 2019 on Hiering Avenue in Seaside Heights. For more information, please visit http://www.HOPEShedsLight.org.
About HOPE Sheds Light
HOPE Sheds Light, Inc. (HSL) 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. The mission of HSL is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the impact of addiction by having the courage to share personal experiences and offer strength, wisdom, hope and resources that lead to positive community change and long-term recovery. To learn more, please visit http://www.HOPEShedsLight.org or call HSL's helpline at 855-350-2790.