ANDOVER CARES FESTIVAL 2016


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
2ND ANNUAL
ANDOVER CARES FESTIVAL



The weather was wonderful, the music in rhythm, the community came to support the cause, resources were provided, and the kids had their fun on the Doherty field!

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Andover, we would like to thank all of the  Sponsors & volunteers who helped make this great day happen!  Thank you also to all the wonderful entertainment, speakers, resources & support that were there.  (See Sponsors below.)

This year we have raised approximately $30,000 to be presented out in Grants.  Please go to our Grant page if you have a dynamic program that will address addiction or substance use issues through one of the three pillars of support: education, intervention and enforcement. 



SPONSORS 2016

 
PRESS RELEASE
Andover Cares Festival 2016
Communities Banding Together to Learn, Cope, Share and
Unite Around the Battle to Save our Kids
www.AndoverCares.Org

ANDOVER, MA – The Rotary Club of Andover’s Andover Cares Festival returns for a second year Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:00pm to 9:00pm, at the Doherty Fields and Cormier Youth Center, Whittier Court, Andover. 

Live musical entertainment includes local musical talent Rust Never Sleeps, Gary Hoey, Carissa Johnson, young musicians from the Real School of Music, and a variety of other acts. 

Rust Never Sleeps is a live Neil Young retrospective band. Band leader Ken Gibson teaches cabinet making at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell where he works with teens which gives him a special connection to young people.

Gary Hoey born and raised in Lowell MA explodes with his 20th album, Dust & Bones [Mascot Label Group], which is an exuberant fusion of blues, seeing great reviews and entered the Billboard Blues chart at #5.  Hoey has toured and traded licks with Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton.  As writer, producer, and guitar player, Hoey's clients have included Lita Ford, Dick Dale,  Disney, ESPN, he has performed the National Anthem for the New England Patriots, and the Boston Red Sox. A Squire Fender Stratocaster guitar, signed by Gary Hoey, will be raffled off at the festival.

Local Andover musician and Boston rock artist Carissa Johnson has proven to leave her mark and she’s only getting started. Carissa has been recognized, especially in the Boston scene, for her debut album "For Now." The debut release won Album of the Year 2016 by Limelight Magazine and her band was nominated for Best Punk Act by the Worcester Music Awards. She is known for her straight-forward lyrics and live energy, playing shows both with her band and acoustically. She continues to tour periodically and play shows throughout the United States in promotion of her sophomore album “Only Roses,” released in May 2016.

Singer/songwriters Gary Rubin and Deby Jelen are currently based in Boston, where they recently founded the duo Edenville. The group’s distinct blend of blues, retro jazz, and melodic noir storytelling can next be heard at Boston’s iconic House of Blues on September 22nd.

The Festival will also feature talks and discussion forums by experts in the opiate addiction field. Plus there will be lots of entertainment for the kids and plenty of food and beverages to make the festival a day for the entire family. One way Andover Cares raises funds is through donations of $20 toward an Andover Cares button. Kids under the age of 18 can contribute $10 for a button. By purchasing a button and wearing it throughout the year, supporters will spread the word about Andover Cares. Buttons can be purchased in advance at AndoverCaresFestival.EventBrite.com.

The Andover Cares Music Festival raises awareness about the opioid addiction crisis facing our communities, while raising funds to support the Andover Cares Fund. The Andover Cares Fund supports opioid addiction education efforts and services.

Andover Cares Music Festival sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Andover Rotarian Amy Salant at amysalant@fitnesstogether.com for more information on becoming a community leader in the fight against substance abuse addiction.

      Andover Rotary launched the Andover Cares movement in 2015 as a response to the record-breaking number of heroin-related deaths and incidents that hit the Andover community in 2014 and 2015. Andover Cares was inspired by several members of the Rotary Club of Andover who have been touched by the heroin epidemic. Andover Cares leaders understand that the issue is complex and that there is no single answer that will solve the problem. The Rotary Club of Andover is committed to those who work on the front lines – our educators, law enforcement, and health professionals – which is why the club created the Andover Cares Fund. The Fund awards money to organizations that can make a difference in the fight against substance abuse and addiction.

      Andover Cares grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis for any amount $500 to $10,000. Applications can be downloaded on the Rotary Club of Andover website, www.RotaryAndover.org, or the soon to be released www.AndoverCares.org. In the first year, Andover Rotary and Andover Cares raised $60,000. The goal this year is to raise $75,000 to support opiate and addiction education and resources. Donations can be made on the EventBrite website , or by sending a check payable to Andover Cares Fund to The Rotary Club of Andover, PO Box 1152, Andover, MA 01810.

For further information, email AndoverCaresInfo@gmail.com . To learn more about how the Town of Andover is responding to the opiate crisis go to www.andoverps.net/police/whats_new.html .
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The Rotary Club of Andover is a service organization "where doing good is serious fun."  Area business and community leaders from the Merrimack Valley come together to contribute to our local and international communities through a variety of rewarding civic projects. The Rotary Club of Andover meets Fridays at 7:30am at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main Street in Andover, MA. For additional meeting days and times visit www.rotaryandover.org . Rotary Club of Andover, P.O Box 1152, Andover.
    

Andover Cares Festival 2016
September 17, 2016

     ANDOVER, MA – The Rotary Club of Andover’s Andover Cares Festival returns for a second year Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:00pm to 9:00pm, at the Doherty Fields and Cormier Youth Center, Whittier Court, Andover.  Entertainment includes local musical talent Rust Never Sleeps (Neil Young cover band), Carissa Johnson, young musicians from the Real School of Music, and a variety of other acts.  The Festival will also feature talks and discussion forums by experts in the opiate addiction field. Plus there will be lots of entertainment for the kids and plenty of food and beverages to make the festival a day for the entire family. One way Andover Cares raises funds is through donations of $20 toward an Andover Cares button. Kids under the age of 18 can contribute $10 for a button. By purchasing a button and wearing it throughout the year, supporters will spread the word about Andover Cares. Buttons can be purchased in advance at AndoverCaresFestival.EventBrite.com.​​​​​

     The Andover Cares Music Festival raises awareness about the opioid addiction crisis facing our communities, while raising funds to support the Andover Cares Fund. The Andover Cares Fund supports opioid addiction education efforts and services.

     Andover Cares Music Festival sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Andover Rotarian Amy Salant at amysalant@fitnesstogether.com for more information on becoming a community leader in the fight against substance abuse addiction.

      Andover Rotary launched the Andover Cares movement in 2015 as a response to the record-breaking number of heroin-related deaths and incidents that hit the Andover community in 2014 and 2015. Andover Cares was inspired by several members of the Rotary Club of Andover who have been touched by the heroin epidemic. Andover Cares leaders understand that the issue is complex and that there is no single answer that will solve the problem. The Rotary Club of Andover is committed to those who work on the front lines – our educators, law enforcement, and health professionals – which is why the club created the Andover Cares Fund. The Fund awards money to organizations that can make a difference in the fight against substance abuse and addiction.

      Andover Cares grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis for any amount $500 to $10,000. Applications can be downloaded on the Rotary Club of Andover website, www.RotaryAndover.org, or the soon to be released www.AndoverCares.org. In the first year, Andover Rotary and Andover Cares raised $60,000. The goal this year is to raise $75,000 to support opiate and addiction education and resources. Donations can be made on the EventBrite website, or by sending a check payable to Andover Cares Fund to The Rotary Club of Andover, PO Box 1152, Andover, MA 01810.

     For further information, email AndoverCaresInfo@gmail.com. To learn more about how the Town of Andover is responding to the opiate crisis go to www.andoverps.net/police/whats_new.html.
                 
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The Rotary Club of Andover is a service organization "where doing good is serious fun."  Area business and community leaders from the Merrimack Valley come together to contribute to our local and international communities through a variety of rewarding civic projects. The Rotary Club of Andover meets Fridays at 7:30am at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main Street in Andover, MA. For additional meeting days and times visit www.rotaryandover.org.


Rotary Club of Andover contact:  Elaine Clements, 978-475-22236,
eclements@andoverhistorical.org

Andover Cares Music Festival contact: Demetrius Spanaeas, 617-999-6269


Andover Cares contact:  Al Ruthazer, 978-886-7713


The Rotary Club of Andover, P.O Box 1152, Andover, Massachusetts 01810