Tuesday , June 16, 2015 - 12:00 AM
After her brother’s death in January 2012, Shantell Stone started a foundation in his honor. Her brother, Shannon, had an alcohol addiction and got in a car accident after having his “last drink.”
The Shannon J. Scholarship Inc. is a local nonprofit organization that raises funds for and sponsors those suffering with drug and alcohol addictions and can’t afford treatment.
“There’s so many lives lost and lives destroyed, homes torn apart because of the addiction and there's treatment options available,” Stone said. “(But) when someone hits rock bottom they don't have a job, insurance, sometimes family, so even if they want treatment they can't afford it.”
Stone said the organization is strictly Utah based, and since the money is raised within and comes from the community, she wants to keep it in the community.
“Since we launched we’ve been able to activate about an estimated 235 individuals and we’ve paid out just under $40,000 — all of that has come from fundraisers and private donations,” she said.
And the organization has been preparing for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the fourth annual SJS Talent in the Park event. It will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ogden Amphitheater, with the box office opening at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5, and kids ages 6 and under get in free.
The event has a very positive environment, is family-friendly and alcohol free, Stone said. Activities for kids will be available, including a bird house building project with Home Depot and appearances from a Disney princess group.
A number of retail vendors will fill the amphitheater, as well as community and nonprofit vendors such as Weber Human Services, Lantern House (formerly St. Anne’s), Women’s Retreat House and a quite a few different treatment centers, Stone said. Local bands and other entertainment will take the stage throughout the day.
“We want to raise funding but we are also trying to brings a community together to help change the stigma and educate people in the community, (and) have resources available for those who are seeking help,” she said.
Here’s a schedule of events, by category:
Kids Games and activities:
For more information on Shannon J. Scholarship, Inc., visit the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShannonJScholarship. Online donations to the organization can be made at http://www.razoo.com/story/Shannon-J-Scholarship.
Contact reporter Sonja Carlson at 801-625-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @sonjacSE and like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SonjaCarlsonSE.
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