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Rain Can’t Stop Recovery Day

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Despite some very uncooperative weather, this year’s Recovery Day was a success. Residents, staff, and supporters of recovery were in attendance throughout the day. The rain was constant, so the focus this year turned to the activities within the different tents.

Al Halley presenting the Recovery Day Recognition Award to Dale Zuchlewski, Executive Director of HAWNYThe main tent saw a steady rotation of music and residents bravely speaking about their personal recovery. During the opening remarks, Al Halley, Cazenovia Recovery’s Chief Operations Officer, was proud to acknowledge that “people can and do recover.” The first Recovery Day Recognition Awards were presented to deserving organizations and individuals who make important contributions to the recovery community in Western New York. The organization award was given to the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY) for providing assistance to local agencies to ensure that recovery is possible. We also recognized Joseph E. Luper, a former employee, for his constant dedication, even after his retirement, to the people we serve.

Meanwhile, the kids’ tent was easily the most colorful. There was a craft table, popcorn, balloons, a coloring contest to mirror the Art Show, and a sketch artist that delighted people with his portraits. Kids in attendance absolutely loved Todd Nelson, a local magician who performed at the end of the event. As the rest of the tents were being disassembled to close the event, the kids sat captivated until the very end.

A third tent contained the Recovery Day Art Show and numerous informational tables. The second installment of our Art Show featured some wonderful work by residents and staff based on the theme of “Connecting Recovery, Nature, and Spirituality.” The winning piece, “My Cat,” by Erik M., was an accomplished pastel portrait of a cat. Informational tables included Blue Cross Blue Shield, Walsh Duffield, Planned Parenthood, and more.The Recovery Day Art Show

Other tents held the food, which was catered by Jeff Block and Vinnie Miranda from Airport Pizza. Moving between the tents usually meant a small soaking, though most attendees didn’t seem to mind. Lisa Johnston, Site Supervisor at Casa Di Vita, described turnout as “great,” considering the weather. Staff members remarked on how everyone enjoyed yet another celebration of recovery.

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