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New Directions Addiction Recovery Services to host 1st fundraiser dinner

CRYSTAL LAKE – The New Directions Addiction Recovery Services organization will host its first fundraising dinner to benefit a third sober living home bought in December.

The fundraiser, starting at
6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, will be a chance for people to look back and celebrate on what the organization has done in the past six years since opening in 2011, President Chris Reed said.

“We’ve had so much support from the community, so we wanted to take an opportunity to share everything we’ve been able to do as a result of the support,” Reed said. “It’s certainly a fundraiser, but also a chance to get everyone together in one room and look back.”

Money raised during the event will go toward the $20,000 needed in renovations to the third house bought by New Directions, 4612 Tile Line Road, in unincorporated Crystal Lake, and scholarship programming, Reed said.

The purchase of the third house closed Dec. 28, and Reed hopes to have it up and running within the next two months. Reed said the zoning code allows for group homes in the area.

Residents attending a Nunda Township meeting Thursday night spoke out against the group home.

The house previously was foreclosed on and needs new plumbing and a remodeled kitchen, Reed said.

It has not yet been decided whether the house will be for women or men, and Reed said he is waiting to see how the women’s waiting list looks after the opening of the second house.

The event will feature bowling and bocci, live music by Althea Grace, a live auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup winner Brent Sopel will host the event, and Brandon Novak, author of “Dreamseller” and an actor on the MTV show “Jackass,” will give a speech.

“We’ve known Brandon for a while just through crossing paths in the recovery community, and he was willing to come out and tell his story,” Reed said. “Brent is able to share his experience with drug abuse and addiction in the NHL, and his girlfriend’s younger brother passed away from a drug overdose, so he’s personally drawn to the cause.”

Tickets cost $95 a person and can be bought online at www.ndars.org/tickets.

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