The third annual Blue Ridge Recovery Rally will take place Saturday in downtown Marion. This family-friendly celebration seeks to give support for those in recovery from addiction.

The Blue Ridge Recovery Rally for 2019 will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of the downtown at the courthouse. The rally is an opportunity to put this year’s theme of “Recover, Together, Forever” into action, according to a news release.

This free event will actually kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday with a free 5K run/walk and includes local entertainment, churches, children’s activities, personal recovery stories and free barbecue (for the first 1,000 who register) and free T-shirts (while supplies last).

Nonprofits, health care providers and community organizations will attend with information on local resources and support services for those who have been affected by addiction. Students and community organizations will provide entertainment, according to the news release.

“The McDowell Health Coalition’s Substance Use Work Group has identified substance use disorder as one of the leading public health issues in McDowell County, without community support, folks will continue to fall into a miserable cycle of isolation and despair,” said Danny Hampton, executive director of Freedom Life ministries and key event organizer. “The Recovery Rally is for the entire community including those in recovery and community members who wish to show their support or learn more.”

The rally is being sponsored by multiple agencies, businesses, and organizations including Vaya Health, New Horizon Baptist Fellowship, RHA Health Services, the city of Marion, West Marion Community Forum, Pharr Chapel AME Zion Church, Freedom Life Ministries, McDowell County Health Coalition, Carolina Chiropractic, Celebrate Recovery, Columbia Forest Products, Marion Police Department, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, McDowell Technical Community College and many others, according to the news release.

For additional event information, contact Danny Hampton at 828-559-2224 or email

For additional information on the McDowell County Health Coalition’s Substance Use Work Group, contact Zach Wallace 704-221-4912 or email

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