New Milford nonprofit promoting awareness run

NEW MILFORD — USMC Sgt. Zachary Scoular and Brian Cody’s Brothers & Sisters Foundation have joined forces with businesses and nonprofits in the community and together they will be hosting a variety of free activities over the course of the weekend.

The “weekend of awareness” will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Bank Street Theater with a free screening of “Fentanyl Madness,” a documentary filmed in Connecticut in 2019. There will be a special Q&A panel afterward hosted by the film’s producer, Mr. Steve Hamm, New Milford’s Community Navigator, Mr. Justin Cullmer, Kateland Kelly, PA-C, and Mrs. Donna DeLuca of the CARES and Confidant Health Group.

Then on Aug. 29, there will be events all day long with activities at both Young’s Field (7 a.m. to noon) and also at the Town Green (11:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m).

Sgt. Scoular’s overdose awareness 5K run/walk will kick off a day full of free, family friendly activities. The 5K check in starts at 7 a.m. and will take place at Young’s Field.

The event will also showcase the talents of eight local bands performing various music genres and also an art exhibit, in addition there will be food trucks, festival crafters, a raffle, and a ton of free activities for kids such as magic shows, a bounce house & waterslide, field and carnival games, and an arts and crafts booth.

There will also be costumed characters roaming around throughout the day and the New Milford Police Chief is flying the helicopter in for families to check out.

Most importantly, the event will include a ‘Recovery Advisory Zone’ where nearly two dozen subject matter experts from local organizations such as MCCA, Apex Community Care, Greenwoods, and New Milford CAN will provide Narcan training and guidance for those seeking assistance with their recovery journey.

The event is the first of this kind in the state of Connecticut, the goal of the event is to allow families who’ve been impacted by the opioid epidemic in the worst possible way to turn the pain into power, to bring smiles to the children throughout the community, and to celebrate that recovery is indeed possible.

There are still openings for 5K participants, crafters, and sponsors. Find the full schedule at BCsBrothersAndSisters.org, on Facebook at #BrianCodysLaw, or email Info@BrianCodysLaw.org.