Jamestown, NY (May 2, 2017)—On Saturday, May 13, the first Rockin’ for Recovery Concert and Drug Awareness Fair, that benefits Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), A Fresh Start, WCA Foundation and the Mental Health Association will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Shawbuck’s, 212 W. Second St., Jamestown. The free to all ages event is showcasing Prevention, Awareness and Recovery with Billboard Pop Sensation, Brielle!
On February 26, 2016, Kim Carlson lost her only son, Alex, to a heroin overdose. Because of her love for her son: her love for the community, Kim reached out to see if anyone would be interested in being “part of the solution” to raise awareness and educate the community on the growing heroin addiction problem. This community was (and is) losing too many people to this disease.
“When Alex passed away, I knew that I must find a way to help make a difference for other families in our community,” stated Kim Carlson, mother of Alex Foulk. “I had to put my grief to good use. I am so grateful to our community for the continued love and support that has so freely been given. Together, we stand united on the front lines of this nationwide epidemic. We must all know the facts; we must talk openly. I truly believe that the best way to bring change is to share our personal experiences and ask ourselves what we can do to be part of the solution.”
Kim started the Alex Foulk Fund in honor of her son at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, which led to starting A Fresh Start Fund. The proceeds generated from these funds will begin to support an endowment fund at WCA Foundation that supports UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s long-term residential program. In addition to supporting these funds, the concert will benefit CASAC and the Mental Health Association.
People directly affected by this wide spread problem will be on hand, sharing their personal stories and advising those who have questions about how and where to get help. Also, representatives from A Fresh Start, CASAC, Mental Health Association, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and other professional organizations will be on hand answering questions and demonstrating their mission.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will discuss the Counties ongoing efforts with keynote speaker, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz sharing what is happening from the National perspective followed by Q&A.
This concert and awareness fair will kick off the upcoming events and campaign the County has scheduled for the ensuing week and remainder of the year for drug prevention, awareness, and recovery.
Brielle is a Jamestown native, who is best known for her billboard chart hits such as “Avalanche” and “Rock the Catwalk”. She is excited to have the opportunity to perform for her hometown, and hope she can make a difference with this awareness concert.
If you are interested in making a donation, please direct them to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, A Fresh Start Fund at 418 Spring St. Jamestown.