Step Out of the Darkness, a day of prevention and recovery from addiction, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at the Pontotoc County Courthouse in Ada and wrapping up at East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.
The event will feature a prayer march, prevention and recovery rally, food, fun and facts, along with a grand prize drawing.
The Pontotoc County Prayer March, hosted by the Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition, will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Pontotoc County Courthouse Plaza and end at ECU’s Centennial Plaza.
The march is designed to emphasize the importance of communities being united in spirit for prevention and recovery. Stops will be made at designated locations along the way for times of prayer. Participants may park at the ECU Norris Field parking lot by 10 a.m. and be transported by bus to the Pontotoc County Courthouse Plaza.
At 11:30 a.m., the prevention and recovery rally, featuring entertainment, guest speakers and door prizes, will take place in the Kerr Activities Center. The purpose of the rally is to promote prevention and recovery and show support and be part of a community stand, admitting that we are all affected by addiction.
The food, fun and facts portion of the event, hosted by the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery, will also take place at noon in the Kerr Activities Center. Food, games, events for family fun and information booths will be available.
Hot dogs will be provided by Citizen’s Bank of Ada and H20 Church. A variety of local agencies and campus programs will host booths, providing facts about substance abuse, prevention, treatment and recovery. On-stage performers will also be on hand to entertain attendees.
A grand prize cash drawing will take place at 1:30 p.m. for those who participated in the march.
For more information on the event call the Brandon Whitten Institute, on the ECU campus, at 580-559-5815.