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‘Rock for Recovery’ benefit concert at Trader Lee’s, Sat.

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 21, 2017
From left, Sen. Jim Mathias, Lauren and Matt McGinnis and Worcester County Warriors organizer Heidi McNeely speak at the inaugural Rock for Recovery concert benefit in 2016.

(Sept. 22, 2017) Rock the house with Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction during the second annual “Rock for Recovery” benefit concert this Saturday at 1 p.m.

In exchange for a $10 cover charge, attendees can enjoy a small buffet and music from four bands with diverse styles. This year, Skinny is Green, The Rogue Citizens, Band Five8 and City Painted Green will take the stage at Trader Lee’s in West Ocean City.

Worcester County Warriors’ co-founder Jamie McNeely said the benefit concert is a fun way to provide awareness of opioid abuse and treatment recourses. About 200 people attended the inaugural event last year.

“The fundraiser is to help those that are suffering from addiction, be it getting them to a facility or showing that there are ways they can beat this,” McNeely said. “Last year, we raised $3,000 to help send a young man to a treatment center in Florida.”

There are no outpatient facilities in Worcester County, so often people end up going out of state, according to Worcester County Warriors. Insurance often pays for addiction treatment, but not transportation costs.

To bolster fundraising efforts, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction will be running throughout the concert. The auction features prizes from Rum Pointe Golf Course and Ocean City Golf Club, a two-night stay at the Clarion and assorted items from Bruder Hill and Wockenfuss Candies.

Attendees will also enjoy a small buffet, provided by Conner’s Grub & Suds, Bull on the Beach and other establishments. All prizes and food have been donated by various businesses in Worcester County.

“It’s unbelievable the support we’ve been getting. It’s a very giving community,” McNeely said. “Now that the community is aware of the problem, they’re doing what they can to help, because everyone’s been touched by the epidemic. If someone says they haven’t, they’re not thinking hard enough.”

McNeely’s wife, Heidi, started Worcester Warriors last year after her son struggled with addiction. But the opioid epidemic struck his family twice when his stepson from his first marriage died seven months ago.

“Ever since then, it’s become even more personal. This is real,” he said.

To join the McNeelys and the Worcester Warriors in raising awareness and money to treat opioid addiction, one patient at a time, attend Rock for Recovery on Sept. 23 from 1-5 p.m. at Trader Lees, off Stephen Decatur Highway in West Ocean City.

For more information about the event, visit the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction Facebook page. To learn more about Worcester Warriors, visit http://wocowarriors.org.

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