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Famed Voice on Substance Use Chris Herren Speaks Via Virtual Event on February 10th
February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Community Fund of Darien and eight local partners invite students and parents to the must-see presentation “Changing the Conversation on Substance Use” with Chris Herren, celebrated former professional basketball star and wellness advocate, on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm. Herren will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety, sharing experiences that have impacted his life as a teenager, athlete and speaker. He will also address themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping, the impact of COVID-19 and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. To conclude the event, Herren will field live questions. Registration is free and required for this event at www.communityfunddarien.org.
Herren’s presentation, one of a series of events to address teen substance use and prevention from The Community Fund of Darien and the Thriving Youth Task Force’s “Our Darien” campaign, is made possible with the support of the Darien Depot, Darien Youth Commission, Silver Hill Hospital, YWCA Parent Awareness, Darien Library, Darien YMCA, Noroton Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church.
The program, recommended for students in grade 8 and above, will be moderated by John Hamilton, the president and chief executive officer of Liberation Programs. Hamilton is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. Liberation Programs, one of Fairfield County’s leading behavioral health organizations, provides prevention, treatment and recovery services to help individuals and their families impacted by substance use and mental health conditions to foster hope and maintain wellness.
Herren’s last visit to Darien in 2017, when he spoke to Darien High School students during the day and to a packed auditorium of parents and others in the evening, made a lasting impression on his audience. Two of those members, Katie Chandler and Ethan Fox, are now DHS seniors in The Community Fund of Darien’s Youth Asset Team and recently appeared on Herren’s new interview series “Ask Chris” that airs on all Herren Talks social media channels. A link to the interview, a preview of the February 10th event, is available on the TCF website at www.communityfunddarien.org.