The Mid-Shore is Going Purple Together
See you next year on September 24th, 2022!
The Mid-Shore went Purple Together on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Idlewild Park in Easton. The second annual The Mid-Shore is Going Purple Together event featured dozens of behavioral health providers from across the mid-shore, as well as powerful speeches by Sheriff Joe Gamble, Senator Adelaide Eckardt, Talbot County Peer Allie Miles, and Minary's Dream Alliance founder Doncella Wilson - all instilling hope in recovery and for a better, stronger future for our community. A Peer Recognition Ceremony tied the event together by honoring the outstanding efforts of local peer recovery specialists in the mid-shore community. A Recovery Art Show featured poems and art pieces contributed by the local community portraying their journey towards recovery.
The purpose of The Mid-Shore is Going Purple Together is to demonstrate that the mid-shore stands united against substance misuse, abuse, and overdose. Together, we can educate our community about substance use prevention and available resources. Together, we will save lives, because we know that help is available and recovery is possible!
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Thank You to our Partners
Special thanks to all our partners who make this event such a success: RALI Maryland, Caroline County Health Department, Caroline County Family YMCA, Queen Anne's County YMCA, Riverside Rentals, Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project, Chesapeake Voyagers Inc, Channel Marker, Inc., Corsica River Mental Health Services, Choptank Community Health System, Drug-Free Caroline, Dorchester County Health Department, Dorchester Goes Purple, Dri- Dock Recovery & Wellness Center, For All Seasons Behavioral Health and RCC, Kent Goes Purple, Kent County Health Department, Chestertown Rotary Club, Recovery In Motion, Maryland ROTA-Rural Opioid Technical Assistance, Mariah's Mission, MCF-Eastern Shore, Mid Shore Community Mediation Center, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, University of Maryland Shore Medical Group, Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women, Minary’s Dream Alliance, Incorporated Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Maryland Department of Health Opioid Operational Command Center, Qlarant, SUN Behavioral Delaware, Talbot Goes Purple, Talbot County Health Department, Wraparound Maryland, Inc., Avenues Recovery Center. Many thanks to Easton Parks and Recreation and Easton Police Department and aa big thank you to our wonderful food vendors: So Coast. Amy Cool's Ice Cream Express, and the Easton Volunteer Fire Department.
What is Go Purple?
Project Purple started as an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, started to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices. THP Project Purple has since been retired, along with the color purple, and has rebranded.
Talbot Goes Purple (TGP) started in late 2016 with Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble of the Talbot County Sheriff's Office and Tidewater Rotary, and is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Saints Peter and Paul Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The movement has since spread to more than half of the counties within Maryland.
Talbot Goes Purple is a substance use prevention initiative that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ in September, as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. TGP was recognized in 2018 as a promising practice by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center. Click here to learn more about TGP.