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HER Place hosts luncheon, fashion show

May 5, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — As Alexander Pope once wrote, “hope springs eternal,” and in the heart of spring a fountain of hope was found in good measure at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon.

First Presbyterian hosted the fifth annual HER Place Luncheon and Fashion Show at the church fellowship hall on 5th Avenue, raising money and awareness for HER (Hope, Education, Recovery) Place, Recovery Point’s women’s recovery center in Huntington.

More than 130 folks from around the Tri-State came to the event to enjoy vendor shopping, a luncheon, fashion show

and guest speakers that included Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministries and the Netflix documentary “Heroin(e),” and HER Place alumna Crystal Elkins.

Although this was the fifth time the event had been held, Allison Conley, HER Place director of development, said they had not had the event for a couple of years and wanted to bring it back.

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“We have had it a couple of times in the past, but we have skipped a year or two so we brought it back this year,” Conley said of the event, which was emceed by Cecilia Bowen of 97.9-FM The River. “We had about 130 people at least. It was a huge success and even greater than we could have imagined.”

“And we don’t need to discuss it now, but we’ll come back even better next year,” added Jamie Riggs, program director at HER Place.

Apparel contributors to the fashion show were: Old Main Emporium, B&E Menswear, Kenzington Alley, The Hip Eagle, Matilda Jane, VC Boutique and Bow Love. Merchandise vendors were Paparazzi Accessories, Younique Makeup, Color Street Nails, Thirty-One Gifts, Matilda Jane, Scentsy and others.

Conley said the event also helped raise awareness about HER Place and its mission. HER Place is a peer-led addiction recovery and education center for women, and it offers classes in addictions recovery, life skills, health and wellness, various recovery programs and women’s support groups.

The center is based out of the Fairfield East Community Center, not far from Recovery Point Huntington, and gives local women a place to find the resources and support they need to work through their addictions.

Starting in Huntington in 2011, Recovery Point serves more than 360 clients across West Virginia at five facilities in Huntington (including HER Place), Charleston, Bluefield and Parkersburg. The majority of Recovery Point’s 100 employees are in long-term recovery themselves.

All residential recovery programs are offered at no cost to the client. Recovery Point also places peer recovery coaches with partnering organizations across the state.

“It raises awareness of what recovery programs are here in the Tri-State area and what services are available for women who may want help in finding recovery and finding hope,” Conley said. “It’s honestly just a great day for the community to come together and celebrate hope.”

For more information, contact HER Place/Recovery Point at bpersching@recoverypointwv.org, or go online at https://www.recoverypointwv.org/ to find out more ways to get involved, donate or volunteer.