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Emerald Ball in Groton to celebrate mission of helping addicts, families

December 25, 2018 GMT

Groton — Three local organizations that work to prevent substance abuse, guide people afflicted by addiction into treatment and healthy living and support their families are planning a night of glamor on Jan. 12 at the Mystic Marriott.

The Emerald Ball is a joint effort of Community of Hope, Community Speaks Out and Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention.

“We’ve chosen an emerald to symbolize the event because an emerald is a precious gem that represents mercy, compassion and universal love,” said Cheryl Jones Biekert, board member and education coordinator for Community Speaks Out. “All those things are interconnected with a person’s struggle with addiction and their road to recovery. Our committee in the very early planning stages talked about how precious gems are formed under extreme pressure, like diamonds and emeralds and rubies.”

The evening, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature dinner, dancing and presentations by all three organizations to recognize individuals who are in recovery and those who have helped them and shared their experiences and been active members of their communities.

“The whole night is going to be just glamorous,” Biekert said. “Emerald green is going to be everywhere.”

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased through Eventbrite, on the event’s Facebook page or at the door. The dress code is optional, but Biekert suggested either dinner attire or formal wear.

The organizers are thrilled that they have met their initial goal of 300 people, Biekert said, but there are still seats available.

The addiction crisis in the region and nation has deepened in recent years and now is more serious than ever. Biekert cited the recent reports that 72,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2017. She said it is important to celebrate the efforts being made to help.

“I’m super excited to spotlight that recovery is possible, and that day in and day out people are working to help out in individual ways,” she said.

Any profits from the event will be divided among the three groups to support their missions.