Volume 6,| October, 2018

  • PLEASE DON'T FORGET! We need everyone to be thinking about contributions to our Heart4Art event coming up on November 19th. If you know artists or can think of venues where artists might be found as possible contributors please feel free to purse these possibilities on behalf of R2R.

  • Darlene will be appearing with Loren Barrigar and John and Kathy Cadley on the television show, Bridge Street. Their appearance will be on October 9th. This show airs at 10:00a.m. on WSYR (Channel 9).

  • John and Kathy Cadley will be guests on Larry Hoyt's show, Common Threads, on WAER on the day of the concert (October 13th) at 3:00 p.m.

  • Darlene will be interviewed by Maria Maldonado Lewis on, I Know I Can Radio, from 7:00-8:00p.m. on October 25th. The purpose of this interview is to afford R2R another opportunity to bring it message into the community. The radio interview will include the stories of hope and healing by family members of those we have helped. This program can be found on FM 87.7.

  • The second meeting of the Board of Directors announced:
  • Date and Time: October 23d, 2018 5:00 p.m.
  • Place: CNY Philanthropy Center,
431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

  • Next Volunteer Meeting:
  • Date and Time: October 18th, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Place: First Baptist Church, Pleasant Street, Manlius.

  • Don't forget the Meditation Group! (Open to the Public)
  • Introduction to Meditation for Beginners. We meet at Jamesville Community Library 7-8 pm Monday nights.

  • And, of course, our T-SHIRTS! Volunteers, you'll want to wear yours to our events, right?
  • If you would like to order one (several?) please contact Darlene at endydarlene@gmail.com.

What a wonderful celebration—infused with the spirit of healing and hope.  Congratulations and gratitudes to Amy and her team for putting together a most fitting moment in which we could recognize and honor those who have turned against their demons and into the promise of new life. We are especially grateful to Kevin Donovan of ACR Health for sharing with us his journey.  Delivered with unvarnished candor, Kevin spoke with a casual eloquence—using the poignancy of his own narrative to speak to the power of stigmatisms that confront those who try to face their opioid addiction. 
Who among us wasn’t touched deeply by the flight of released butterflies—symbolic of all our hopes for those who would lift up from the darkness of addiction into the light of hope?

Moments such as these cannot occur without the generous support of business interests and civic institutions from within our community.  In this instance we would express our most sincere gratitudes to both Onondaga Parks and Recreation for donating the use of the Butterfly of Hope Memorial Park and, of course, to the Dinosaur Barbecue for their famous cuisine of “ribs and things”. 
Loren Barrigar and The Cadleys in October!
Join us for a musical feast from these seasoned performers. Their music ranges from new acoustic to bluegrass and country. All proceeds go directly to pay for long-term treatment for someone from CNY.

Venue : May Memorial Unitarian Universalist church
Address: 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse
Date: October 13th
Time: 7:30-10:00

(The committee working on this concert is hopeful for volunteer support at the event. )


November 10th, 2018
Spark Contemporary Art Center
1001 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, New York

When you purchase an original piece of art by a local artist you help us raise funds to get CNYers into long-term treatment for opioid addiction.

All pieces will be 10" x 10" and sell for $50 each. Pick up several to decorate your home or give as gifts.

Live music provided by Jacque Marsh. Appetizers and cash bar available.
The newly formed Board of Directors held it first informal meeting at the Endy’s house on the evening of October 13 th .  This meeting was billed as a “get to know” gathering in which members were given a chance to do just this.  Effort was made to bring everyone up to speed on matters concerning the work of R2R. It was agreed that Barry Weiss would review some documents concerning board formation and protocols and return at our next meeting with strategy recommendations for how to proceed. Our thanks to the Endys for their hospitality, with particular gratitudes for Darlene’s delightful cuisine.
Third A ddiction Video Resource

  • The third in the series produced by the Addiction Policy Forum. These animated shorts address various themes in addiction and addiction treatment. We would encourage folks to take a look and let us know what you think.

  • Also, the Addiction Policy Forum offers a website from which an extraordinary amount of important information about opioid addiction can be gleaned. For persons seeking an "informative and accessible" source of information on virtually any aspect of addiction and treatment this is a perfect venue. To visit this website click here.

The September volunteer meeting took place on September 18 th , 2018 at St. Anne’s. We enjoyed sharing stories about the success of our opening event of the season, The Butterfly Celebration. Again, congratulations and gratitudes to Amy and her team for all their work. The better part of the evening was spent updating each other on our respective committee projects, raising questions and offering suggestions as we went.  Darlene reported on her efforts regarding the future Volunteer Dinner (now set for January 10 th , 2019), the possibility of a Family Day for families of our treatment recipients.
(Darlene adds that her new project which is now titled “Family Recovery Program”. She has been working very hard on this and have discovered that only Tully Hill has a family program in the area. She is applying for a grant through the New York State Health Foundation to sponsor monthly Family Recovery Programs in order to meet the overwhelming needs of our community. People with ideas about the content of the program or resources we might use are encouraged to email her through the website. Watch for a survey too!)
She also shared her ideas concerning a project involving the collective effort of the recipients. In addition, she reported on her progress with Romano and Beak&Skiff. Also, there was some discussion concerning a fundraising opportunity with the Weissman’s through their restaurant, The Krebs. Finally, the question of setting up a fundraising committee to organize and execute fundraising strategies was briefly discussed.

  • Please note the particulars of our next Volunteer Meeting:

  • Date: October 18th, 2018
  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: First Baptist Church, Pleasant Street, Manlius.


  • Special thanks to Caroline Desocio and Caitlyn Dushane for their extraordinary effort in support of the Butterfly Celebration

  • As always, persons are encouraged to spread the word and invite others into the midst of our volunteer group! This is a clear case of "more's better"!
Creative Fundraising Idea #2:

This summer Jill Doss found yet another novel way to raise funds for R2R. She donated 10% of the sales of her baked-goods at the Chittnango Farmers Market.

Once again, we are grateful to Jill for her thoughtful generosity and her ingenuity

At the 2nd annual Celeste Wells Memorial Golf Tournament, Kelly. her Mom,(who is the organizer of the tournament) donated $3500 of the proceeds to Road2RecoveryCNY.
We are so grateful to Kelly for her thoughtful generosity!
New GoFundMe campaign

Now it's even easier to donate to help save lives. Just click on the Go Fund Me words below. Be sure to share the link with all your friends and contacts! Our goal is to raise $25,000, enough to pay for 90 days of treatment, 90 days of sober living, and 90 days of sober coaching, plus airfare, prescriptions, etc. for one person. That's six months of care, after which recipients are working and self-supporting. We've raised $400 so far!!

Donate Your Bottles & Cans
Don't forger! Drop off your bags of deposit bottles/cans (with Road2RecoveryCNY written on the side) at:

F-M Returnables at 202 West Seneca Street in Manlius.
Central City Bottle Redemption, 224 Chapel Drive, Syracuse (Fairmount), NY 13219

Every dollar helps us send people to lifesaving treatment!
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