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Kankakee County Drug Court to Host Annual Auction Online

KANKAKEE – On Friday, November 6, at 7 pm members of the Kankakee County Drug Free,
Inc. board of directors will host a live drawing to raise funds for the Kankakee County Drug Court program.

With current restrictions in place, the volunteer organization is unable to hold their 16th annual dinner and auction in person and have decided to replace the event with an online raffle. “The needs of the drug court clients are greater now more than ever,” states probation officers Renae Palmer and Neal Currier, “We greatly appreciate all the support we have received in the past, and hope that we receive the same support given the challenges we are all facing today.”

Three cash prizes will be drawn live on the Kankakee Country Drug Free, Inc. Facebook page on Nov. 6 at 7 pm. Third prize winner will receive $500.00. Second prize winner will receive $1,000.00. Third prize winner will receive $2,000.00. Individual raffle tickets are available for $25.00 or six raffle tickets are available for $100.00. Visit the Kankakee County Drug Free website at kankakeecountydrugfree.com to purchase raffle tickets online. You can also visit the Kankakee Country Drug Free Facebook page for more information. To purchase tickets in person please contact The Kankakee Drug Court team at 815.937.2970.

Board Chair Barbi Brewer-Watson on behalf of the Kankakee County Drug Free, Inc board of directors would like to thank this year’s corporate sponsors Riverside Healthcare, CSL Behring, Hoekstra Transportation, and Good Shepard Manor. “We are very grateful to these organizations who understand the needs of the Drug Court program and their contribution allows us to continue to provide support to those currently in the program.”

Funds raised will go to help clients with rental assistance, job placement assistance, job skills training, workforce materials, bus tokens/passes, basic personal care items, new clothing/shoes, etc. For a person in recovery these kinds of needs can be obstacles that lead to relapse. Drug Court clients receive support from the start of their recovery journey to graduation from the program, as they gain the life skills and tools necessary to be a healthy, sober, and productive member of Kankakee County. Drug Free Inc. funds The John F. Michela Scholarship which Drug Court graduates are eligible to apply for to continue their education at Kankakee Community College.

Addiction has far reaching negative social and economic impacts on our community and it affects everyone. Kankakee Country Drug Free, Inc. is proud of the over 290 graduates of its program, and strongly believes the Kankakee County Drug Court program is worthy of community support. You can join the organization in its fight against crime and addiction in Kankakee County by donating, volunteering, or purchasing a raffle ticket. Visit their website at kankakeecountydrugfree.com for more information.

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