Purple Gala To Benefit Women’s Serenity Grove House

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Seniors in the Ohio University nursing program are organizing a gala to bring light to the community’s struggle with the opioid crisis.

The Purple Gala will be a night of education, discussion, and dinner as the community learns about how they can help with the opioid crisis.

The Purple Gala team lead and senior nursing student, Ty Tracy, says this event will help people understand the disease process of addiction.

“People just assume this stigma of addiction is something they choose to do but it isn’t, it’s a disease process,” Tracy said.

Tickets to the event are on sale here for $15 per person or $25 dollars for two tickets. Ticket sales will benefit Serenity Grove Women’s Recovery House, a safe and healthy place for women to recover from addiction in Athens.

“They need a place where they can go that is supportive, where they can really hone the skills necessary to deal with the challenges of addiction,” Serenity Grove Board Member, Janalee Stock said.

The Purple Gala will help Serenity Grove get one step closer to opening its doors.

“Every penny counts and we are very excited about this initiative,” Stock says. “It’s, as a registered nurse, it just blows me away what the senior class was able to do this year.”

The event will be take place at the John Calhoun Baker University Center on Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. If you cannot attend the event but would still like to help, you can donate to the Purple Gala’s Go-Fund-Me page here.

The senior nursing class will be holding a Chipotle fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m., 50% of the cost of your meal will go towards the gala.