HUGS for Families benefit to be held Feb. 20

The HUGS Foundation will host a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m at BAYarts to support their mission of helping families of chemically dependent adolescents in Northeast Ohio. The evening will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, art show and auction, plus a special honor to Monica Robins of WKYC-TV for her help in raising awareness of the drug and heroin epidemic.

HUGS, which stands for Hope, Understanding, Gratitude and Serenity, provides funds for treatment, travel and ancillary services not covered by insurance benefits. Testimonials like the following are what drive the organization:

“Words cannot express the gratitude that my heart feels," wrote one family. "We feel very blessed to have your support. This comes at such a wonderful time. The peace surely is working within us. Knowing that Christopher has a place to continue his recovery within such a great community takes such relief off of our hearts, minds.”

Since 2008 HUGS has helped over 150 families and demand for its services continues. This is why success for the benefit is very important. Said a HUGS board member, “We are very excited to be holding the event at BAYarts and really appreciate any company or retailer who can donate funds and items to support our cause. Our goal is simple – have a fun event, honor a special person and raise money to help kids get healthy.”

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at or by calling Dianne at 216 521-5568.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.19.2016