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4th annual Stop the Drugs/Stop the Violence Crusade to be held this Saturday

July 24, 2012

This press release contains updated information about this Saturday’s event.

Harris Family Ministries
Stop the Drugs Stop the Violence: “Love can Build a Bridge”

The fourth annual Stop the Drugs Stop the Violence Crusade will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The theme of this year’s campaign, conducted by The Harris Family Ministries, Inc., is “Love Can Build a Bridge.” The love of Jesus Christ can help those suffering from violence and addictions and unite the entire community. Crusade sponsors are Mt. Herman Missionary Church, Bethel AME Community Church and the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority.

This free event is open to the public. All church groups, community groups, businesses and individuals interested in the fight against drugs and violence are invited to attend and network.

In addition to free food, beverages and entertainment, there will be plenty of resource information available for attendees to take. Representatives of various organizations will be on hand for any questions people may have.
This year’s program participants include panelists Dr. Rocio Nell, Executive Director of Montgomery County Emergency services; Dr. Reed Lindley, Pottstown School District Superintendent; Rev. Joseph Bishop of Victory Outreach International; Heather Levandoski, Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County narcotics Unit; and Richard Dodridge, Executive Director of Philadelphia Teen Challenge, who will also be the keynote speaker.

Music will be provided by the 40-voice First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, NC choir, directed by Jonathan Schallmo; the Victory Outreach International band and choir; and the 20-voice Teen Challenge combined Men’s & Women’s choir, directed by Sister Sherry. Face painting and other arts and crafts will be available to entertain the whole family.

Information tables will be hosted by: Debbie Tellis – Pure Love Works; Andrea Primus-YWCA Tri-County Area; Tri-County Network (TCN); Richard Dodridge-Teen Challenge; Dr. Rocio Nell- Montgomery County Emergency Services; Victory Outreach International- Brother Joseph Bishop; Heather Levandoski- Montgomery County District Attorney’s office; Gail Cooper- Pottstown School District; Cecily Nixon-Hearts of Harmony; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; and Sheila Dugan- Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority; Guardian Angels Youth Division; Laura Washington-Community L.E.A.N (Loving exercise and appropriate nutrition).

Other sponsors are Jeffery Jackson Enterprises, Inc.; The Hill School; Coles Tobacco; McDonald’s High Street; Ink & Essence; Wegmans of Collegeville; Giant of Pottstown; Empire Hook & Ladder Fire Company; D & C Short Landscaping; Grumpy’s and SBX Entertainment.

Anyone looking to volunteer or donate goods or services, especially signage and food items is invited to call 610-323-8718 or e-mail gharris@harrisfamilyministries.org or you can visit our website at http://www.harrisfamilyministries.org and click the PayPal link for cash donations. All donations are tax deductible.

Riverfront Park is located on College Drive across the street from Montgomery County Community College’s West campus.

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