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Out & About: Banquet benefits HOPE 4 Inc. safe gathering place

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, May 25, 2018, 12:51 p.m.
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Tricia Caswell, Shannen Lyons and Phyllis Pigan at the organization's Celebration of Recovery banquet on May 24 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Tricia Caswell, Shannen Lyons and Phyllis Pigan at the organization's Celebration of Recovery banquet on May 24 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
From left: Event organizers Sherry Philips and Tim McDowell at the Celebration of Recovery banquet hosted by HOPE 4 Inc. on May 24 at Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Event organizers Sherry Philips and Tim McDowell at the Celebration of Recovery banquet hosted by HOPE 4 Inc. on May 24 at Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Guest speaker John Cates and his wife, Susan Cates, at the May 24 Celebration of Recovery banquet, hosted by HOPE 4 Inc. in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Guest speaker John Cates and his wife, Susan Cates, at the May 24 Celebration of Recovery banquet, hosted by HOPE 4 Inc. in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Kevin Basil, Ross Forys, Debra Marts and Janet Shaffer at the organization's Celebration of Recovery banquet, held May 24 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Kevin Basil, Ross Forys, Debra Marts and Janet Shaffer at the organization's Celebration of Recovery banquet, held May 24 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Wendy Martz, Kelley Kelley and Natalie Swantek during the May 24 Celebration of Recovery banquet in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: HOPE 4 Inc. staff members Wendy Martz, Kelley Kelley and Natalie Swantek during the May 24 Celebration of Recovery banquet in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.

Sherry Philips and Tim McDowell know that it's important for people recovering from addiction to have safe places for socializing, away from temptations that could lead to relapse.

The pair, who are director and clinical manager, respectively, of New Freedom Recovery Center in North Huntingdon, decided to find a way to provide one.

The result is HOPE 4 Inc., which McDowell calls an “alternative peer group for people in early recovery” and “a safe, after-treatment gathering place” that is now open in Banco Business Park in North Huntingdon, near the recovery center.

Since January, the gathering place has provided various games, a big-screen television and activities organized by events coordinator Ross Forys.

A Celebration of Recovery Banquet to raise funds for the new organization was held May 24 at Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.

Guest speakers were John Cates and Todd Stumbo.

Cates is a Houston, Texas-based therapist, author, speaker and designer of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Stumbo is CEO of Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center in Ball Ground, Ga.

Among ticket auction items were a series of detailed black-and-white line drawings by local artist Bob Weaver, depicting landscapes and celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds.

Seen: Susan Cates, David andPaige Ponsonby, Ed andVal Caswell, Eric Colvin, Patrick Henry, Brad andLinda Culleiton, Shannen Lyons, Molly Lyons, Stephanie Botti andMarty Lyons, Cindy Noll, Carmen Capozzi, Frank Fieser, Karma Schall, Katrin Schall, Lauren Caswell, Aaron andHollie Hill, Ira Howard, Kelly Coates, George andSusie Fausold, Sandy Goldsmith andJudy Shannon.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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