The goal of the upcoming "Come Celebrate Recovery" event is to bring people together with the purpose to spark interest in helping others.
The Brazil Walnut Theater, located at 24 S. Walnut St., will host the event from 6-9 p.m., July 28-29. There will be live musical performances, dramatic skits, Christian comedy and various entertainment provided by local church out-reach groups.
Tickets will be available at the door for a $3 donation the days of the event.
"This is a way to give back to community organizations who are helping others," event organizer Les Rivera said, adding he hopes to plan more events in the future to raise money to help local charities.
All proceeds will be distributed to the Clay County Food Pantry, House of Hope and Serving on the Streets (SOS), with an additional benefactor to be chosen by the attending public at the event.
However, Rivera told The Brazil Times no one would be turned away from the door if they don't have a donation.
"These are some tough times for a lot of people who are just not recovering from drugs and alcohol," he said. "The economy has hit hard and many families are struggling with all types of problems in life. This is also an event to help bring people, families -- anyone who needs help or a church family -- closer to God."
Having hit bottom in his own life due to involvement in drugs a few years ago, Rivera admited it's difficult to recover, but all the hard work is worth it when you have God, your family and your community on your side.
"You reap what you sow in this life. And although I had gotten my life back on track, harvest time came for me," he said about being arrested, convicted and incarcerated on local drug charges two years ago. "Thankfully, I had God in my heart at the time and I accepted the situation. God never promised to change the circumstances I was in because of my choices. He promised to be with me every step of the way as I went through it all, and he was."
Rivera said he listened to "the call" placed upon his heart by God to help others.
"I made a mess of my life, but I'm determined to make 'that mess' part of my future message to others," Rivera said.
Believing the spirit to help others lies in the community he calls home, Rivera hopes all those with a heart touched by god's grace to serve others will get excited about this new program.
"I want to get more people involved, plan more events like this in the future," he said. "We have to work together to help each other."
Rivera believes organizing this "Come Celebrate Recovery" event, and future ones, will be a spark for local residents to become active on their own and reach out to those who need help.
"I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to do something to give back to my community," Rivera said. "Anyone can talk a good game, or think about doing something, but you have got to get out there and do it to make a difference. If, with the grace of God, I can do this, anyone can."
For more information about the event, contact Rivera at 812-241-6421 or 812-917-4970.
The public is invited to help those who are helping others during the "Come Celebrate Recovery," from 6-9 p.m., July 28-29.
The Brazil Walnut Theater, located at 24 S. Walnut St., is hosting the interactive community Christian praise event that includes musical performances by area musicians Jonny McLain, P150 and Breaking the Silence, live drama performances by youth drama group "Eternal Cry," as well as stand-up Christian comedy.
Various local artists and area church out-reach groups will also provide entertainment. The theater concession stand will be open during the event.
Tickets will be available at the door for a $3 donation. However, organizers confirmed to The Brazil Times that no one would be turned away from the door.
All of the proceeds from the event will be returned to local charities to further their ability to help those in need. Funds will be distributed to the Clay County Food Pantry, House of Hope and Serving on the Streets (SOS), with an additional benefactor to be chosen by the attending public at the event.
For more information on the event, contact Les Rivera 812-241-6421 or 812-917-4970.