Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships Announces Third Annual Connect the Pieces Gala Fundraiser and Auction to Benefit Recovery and Prevention Programs
Recovery Revolution Beach Party, Friday, June 26 at 6:30 PM at the Rose Room in Boise Features “Iron Chef” style cook off, live music by the High Beams, autographed memorabilia from entertainers in recovery, and special recorded greeting from Interim Drug Czar Michael Botticelli and Recovery 2.0 creator Tommy Rosen.
According to Chris Mecham, two of SHIP’s programs have garnered attention from the White House. In an email received earlier this week, the Interim Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli thanks and congratulates SHIP on their programs aimed at prevention and serving veterans. Executive Director. Melanie Curtis said that everyone in her office was delighted when they received a message from Director Botticelli. “We have also heard from Tommy Rosen,” she added, referring to the creator of Recovery 2.0, an annual web-based recovery conference. Curtis says Mr. Rosen’s work has helped several clients expand their vision of what a life in long-term recovery can be.
SHIP’s Connect the Pieces initiative came about after the accidental overdose death of Executive Director Melanie Curtis’s son, Mike Campbell, in November of 2011. After Campbell’s death, Ms. Curtis came to understand the serious dangers posed from prescription pain killers, even when they are originally taken as prescribed. Convinced that if she or any of the other key people in Mike’s life were armed with better information and better resources, they could have acted to save Mike before it was too late. A key component of the Connect the Pieces project is a prevention program aimed at youth with a super-hero-like pharmacist that teaches children about the importance of keeping medications locked up.
That, she says, is the root of this year’s theme, “Recovery Revolution.” “We want to help people to start thinking about long-term and permanent recovery as being not only attainable, but a norm, and we want to help those approaching recovery to be able to find lots of resources to support them in the ways that fit best for them. We love church basements, but not all recovery happens in church basements.”
This year’s gala hopes to raise $28,000 to support expansion of services to veterans and to further develop the Pharmacist Phil character and video game, and to test the program state-wide.
In addition to the live music and auction, an “Iron Chef” style cook-off pits the chefs from Mai Thai, the Dish, and Kind Cuisine will compete to see who can turn a favorite but unhealthy comfort food into something healthy without sacrificing taste. The event’s judges include Brent Reinke, Director of the Idaho Department of Corrections, and Master Sgt. Roger Emerson of the Idaho Army National Guard.
Silent auction items include $1000 in gift cards from Mai Thai, and autographed albums and movie posters from some favorite entertainers who are also in recovery and musical entertainment provided by the High Beams.
Tickets to the event are $50 and are available online from http://www.connectthepieces.org/gala.
To view the video from the ONDCP visit http://vimeo.com/97152334.
Melanie Curtis received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Prior to founding Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Inc. she worked at Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse and helping those in recovery rebuild their lives by providing housing opportunities, employment and job training, and other recovery support services. SHIP currently operates 9 Safe and Sober residences serving, men, women, and veterans, as well as Second Chance Building Materials Centers in Nampa and Boise.