SHORT PUMP, Virginia – As the countdown continues, organizers of the 5th annual Night for Scott show are celebrating raising at least $ 75,000 for addiction treatment.
The organization “2 End the Stigma” held a fundraiser on the theme of the casino in Short Pump over the weekend in honor of Scott Jabrowski, who lost the fight against addiction two years ago. His sister Jill founded a nonprofit to team up with recovery experts at RVA to help raise money for scholarships to help fund treatment options for those who don’t have the resources.
As part of the fundraiser, several speakers spoke about the need for increased attention to the problem of opioid dependence. Chesterfield County Sheriff Carl Leonard, a longtime supporter of the organization, was one of them.
He brought with him several people who are currently in custody participating in his heroin recovery program, or HARP, to see the community they have outside the prison that supports their recovery.
8News presenter Dinane Albritin interviewed one of them as a “red carpet reporter”. Corey told her that seeing the number of people spending their Saturday nights raising money to help people like him made him even more committed to recovery and made the sheriff and his future proud of themselves.
One of the other speakers, Ben Hepert of Richmond, talked about how receiving a scholarship from the Scott Zebrowski Foundation to pay for treatment after several stays in prison changed his life.
The money raised at each 2 End the Stigma event goes directly to scholarships similar to the one Hepert received. The money raised at the 2022 Night for Scott event is likely to be almost equal to what was raised in previous years of the event together.